8+1 things we don't know about Pakistanis🇵🇰

Thanks to years of media exaggeration, Pakistanis worldwide often face difficulties explaining what their culture entails. Beyond democratic and economic dissatisfaction resides a world of Pakistani civil society that works resiliently against all odds to keep what matters most untouched, the country’s vibrant culture. 

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1. An ethnic diversity

Pakistan’s culture is a melting pot of Persian, Indian, Afghan, Central Asian, South Asian, and Western Asian influences. Over 15 major ethnic groups can be found in Pakistan, that vary in physical features, historical bloodlines, dress types, customs, food, and music. Some include Sindhis, Punjabis, Baloch, Pashtuns, Hazaras, Makranis, Kashmiris, and Baltis, coming from regions such as the Indus Valley, Africa, or Tibet. The spiritual power of Islam has also strongly shaped Pakistani culture.

2. The number of languages spoken in Pakistan is between 73 and 76

Most languages belong to the Indo-Iranian group, including Urdu, the national language. However, as you travel between the country’s districts, one can encounter languages that other groups in different regions do not speak. 

3. Pakistanis love music

Mixed culture has exposed Pakistani musicians to many different poetic forms, styles, languages and literature. Contemporary musicians also play with modern techniques and develop fusions in the Urdu language, blues, funk, rock, and jazz.

4. Pakistanis are excellent craftsmen

Pakistani craft includes many styles, materials, and aesthetics, passing from generation to generation. Arabic Calligraphy is one of the most famous skills found in many local buildings, sites and wall hangings, like paintings, copper work and carved wood. Pottery, primarily blue pottery, typical of Sindh and Multan, is adored worldwide.

5. Pakistanis’ love for chai

Pakistan is the third-largest importer of tea. Some tea is grown locally too. Chai is so much more than a drink in Pakistan; it is associated with every aspect of social life, it is the beginning and the end of every day. Tea time is so important that people have started enjoying high tea in five-star hotels, including a buffet of teas and complimentary snacks.

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6. Pakistanis are very hospitable

Even the poorest laborers go out of their way to help new visitors. Guests are always welcomed with open arms. Cultural and religious beliefs inspire Pakistanis to show respect and care towards guests. In Islam especially, a guest is a blessing from God, and they must be given the best treatment possible.

7. Pakistanis love cricket

Cricket may have been a sport presented to Pakistan by the British, but today, the country  is home to one of the world’s best cricket teams. Other widely popular sports include squash, hockey and badminton Polo also has a special place in northern Pakistan, with one of the highest polo grounds in the world located there.

8. Pakistanis hold big weddings

Pakistani weddings are famous for the many colors, beautifully embroidered flowing fabrics in silks and chiffon, amazing food, traditionally decorated stages, music and dance. Weddings in Pakistan are a momentous occasion, with preparations starting months before and lasting three to six days. The celebrations usually begin with a day devoted to the henna application, followed by a music night and then a night of rituals to bless the couple.

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9. Pakistanis are hard-working

The people of Pakistan would fly high if they got the honest political representation and leadership they deserve. The Pakistani nation suffers from extreme poverty and high illiteracy. Terrorist attacks and misgovernment have led to terrible outcomes, but Pakistan’s spirit lives on regardless of these sufferings. Pakistanis continue to hope and work for a better future.

Pakistanis are passionate, emotional, expressive, and colorful people – just like their culture. They love to celebrate. They enjoy giving presents, throwing parties and having large gatherings with friends and family as often as possible. They put zest and excitement into everything they care deeply about.

source: theculturetrip.com

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