August 14 is observed as Independence Day every year. This day is celebrated as a national holiday in Pakistan.
It honours the day when the country gained independence and was recognised as an independent nation after the British Raj ended in August of 1947. The Pakistan Movement, which sought to partition British India in the north-western territories to create an autonomous Muslim state, is responsible for the foundation of Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Jinnah oversaw the All-India Muslim League, was in charge of the movement.
The Indian Independence Act of 1947, which granted the Dominion of Pakistan, made up of West Pakistan (now Pakistan) and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), independence from the British Raj.
The national flag is raised at the Presidential and Parliament buildings during the main Independence Day celebration in Islamabad. The national anthem and live, televised addresses from politicians come next. Flag-raising rituals, parades, cultural events, and the playing of patriotic music are typical festive activities for the day.
On this day, a variety of award ceremonies are frequently performed, and Pakistanis fly the flag over their homes or conspicuously display it on their clothes and vehicles. It is customary for Pakistani paramilitary soldiers to trade sweets with their counterparts from across the border at the international border.
The main thoroughfares and avenues leading to Jinnah’s mausoleum in Karachi are lined with national flags. The Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore, where the Pakistan Resolution was enacted in 1940, is completely lighted on the eve of Pakistan’s independence day to symbolise its significance in the country’s founding.
On this day, the national song is sung along with the raising of the flag, and patriotic chants like Pakistan Zindabad are shouted at various government buildings, schools, households, and monuments. Popular performers are featured in musical concerts and dance shows that are organised both inside and outside the nation.
Homage is paid to those who perished during the riots and exodus that followed Pakistan’s independence in 1947.