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The profound parts of the Pakistani culture

Pakistan; a country in South Asia that boasts unparalleled diversity in topography and cultures. A country that proudly exhibits the flowing waves of the Arabian sea in the South and the record-breaking mountain peaks in the North. A country with numerous incredibly modern and metropolitan cities as well as quaint and peaceful agricultural villages.

Pakistan can show you the most diversity in nature, in culture and local experiences.

 

1. People, people, people

Before you go to experience Pakistani culture, realize one thing: there are people everywhere! Pakistan is the 6th most populous country in the entire world, and Karachi (the financial and commercial heart of Pakistan) has one of the largest populations located in just one city. Every part of the country is different from the rest, harboring people whose traditions are unique and special in their own ways

2. Funny and welcoming

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Pakistani people are known for their great sense of humor. While most of it still undiscovered by international audiences, Pakistan does have famous comedians, such as Kumail Nanjiani. They can make a grim situation light and just hanging out with them can create some great experiences and memories. They are welcoming and happy to open their homes to anyone who wants to learn about them. You can rest assured that people will line up to make your experience in the country as rich, informative, and fun as possible.

 

3. Family is important

Family is one of the most important aspects of the Pakistani culture. This is generally because of religious values, social traditions and the idea of collectivism. Rather than ‘every man for himself’, individuals rely on the support of their families. The households often contain large joint families where everyone lives, eats, and celebrates together.

 

4. Excuses for celebration 

The people of Pakistan love to celebrate any and every occasion. They truly know how to start a party with food, family, and fun. No year in Pakistan is complete without a fistful of all sorts of festivities. From the month of Ramzan, celebrating every evening with tons of delicious food enough to feed five horses, to the two Eids where everyone puts aside their differences to come together and rejoice. Oh, and don’t forget the fireworks when the Pakistan Cricket Team wins a cricket match!

 

5. They love flavor!

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Speaking of food, Pakistanis love their spice and flavor like nowhere else. You won’t be able to see the wood for the trees when trying out delicacies, encountering food street after food street. Biryani is arguably the most popular food in the country, a concoction of spicy, aromatic, and flavorful rice with chicken, beef, or mutton, accompanied by raita, a condiment made with yogurt and chilies. When in Pakistan, you will never find yourself short of food options or hands willing to offer and feed you the most prime delicacies that make Pakistani cuisine unique.

6. Tea at dusk, tea at dawn

A remnant of when the country used to be colonized by the British as part of the Indian subcontinent before 1947, tea is a very important part of the Pakistani culture. For most of the people here, the sun doesn’t rise or set without a cup of chai, accompanied with biscuits, samosas, or any other light snack in the morning and evening. It is a great way to relax, freshen up, and get a taste of what is arguably the country’s favorite beverage. So make sure that you don’t miss out on the delicious snacks at the local dhabas!

7. Color and tradition everywhere!

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Pakistan is a land of color, music, and festivities. You will see men and women of all ages and backgrounds dressed in colorful attire that varies from Western clothing to unique shalwar qameez, part of the traditional Pakistani culture.

 

8. Love for foreigners

If there is one thing you can be absolutely sure about going to Pakistan as a foreigner from another country: you will be welcomed with open arms and warm hearts. The people of Pakistan shower love on anyone who is willing to look past the negativity through which the country is portrayed in the media and is willing to learn about them, their culture, and their wonderful country. You can rest assured that you will always feel like part of the grand family when in Pakistan no matter where you go.

 

 

 

   
 

Written by Jabbar from Pakistan

 

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