Edited by oxygen, 04 May 2004 - 11:21 PM.
Basant: Lahori Kite-flying Festival (Pictures)
Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:04 PM
Yup I remember flying kites in India too
Good old days
^^ izzit...tht used 2 b so kewlll....
flying patangs on the terrace thing or in the park...but now i can't but on a lighter note...i can watch my cuzns fly the kitesss wen we go 2 india this year insha'Allah plus the 10 million nohay...thts another thing tho...lol..
i jus realised hmm bajjo...isnt basant a season? LOL so it'll probably be same time as in Pakiland...
when do u guyz have bassant in india ???
Edited by Nida_e_Zahra, 05 May 2004 - 04:07 PM.
Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:13 PM
well i am talkin bout the kite flying festivle
in pak its 14th feb n then the following week
not the whole season darling
im not sure about the festival thing...but we have like this one whole day when EVERY1 flies kites.. i dont remember it that well...i only remember thats when people would go "nida hum tum pay fida" <_< ...thats b4 diwali though methinks....
Edited by Nida_e_Zahra, 05 May 2004 - 04:16 PM.
Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:13 PM
if the Months of Ramzan or Muharram occur at that time then it's adjusted
it's unfortunate i can't go to Pak in Feb
millions of people in the city are all on the roofs, it's amazing
Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:20 PM
BY IQTIDAR GILANI
LAHORE - The City will present colourful look on Saturday and it will become the hub of spirited activities in the night, as the people have made all the necessary arrangements to celebrate 'Basant Night' with a bang.
The sky of Lahore will witness countless multi-coloured spots with great hustle and bustle. Representatives of kite flying and traders associations and a large number of kite lovers have expressed hope that the people will participate enthusiastically to bring some festivity on this occasion.
Though the involvement of Multi National Companies (MNCs) and major hotels is comparatively less during this year, the people are in the mood to celebrate night with traditional enthusiasm. Some MNCs and people at their individual level have hired spacious rooftops for arranging Basant Night functions. Majority of the Lahorites will celebrate Basant Night on the rooftops of their own houses.
Many hotels have also kept themselves away from Basant related functions. They are offering free dinner only to their customers who have booked rooms during Basant days.
The long-term ban against kite flying and sale of related material has deprived the kite lovers of properly preparing themselves for the mega spring event. The ban on manufacturing of kites and related material has created shortage of material in the market, which has provided an opportunity to the business community to earn good money. Though the ban has been lifted for Jashn-e-Baharan, the kite lovers not only have fewer options but also have to pay extra money for purchasing kites and other related material.
The Basant night will at least provide some momentum to otherwise dull Jashn-e-Baharan.
Artists from other countries have also landed Lahore to add to the festivity of Basant. British musical group 'Blaze' will perform in the function to be arranged by Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) at Haveli Asif Jah on Basant Night (Saturday).
Top politicians and artists including Inder Kumar Gujral, Akshay Kumar, Shelpa shetty, Sardol Sikandar and many others from neighbouring country are expected to arrive today in the Punjab metropolis for attending Basant gala. They will feature at a star studded function at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club.
The Basant Night has become yet another Confidence Building Measure (CBM) due to the arrival of top celebrities from other side of the border to mark the occasion.
The PHA is organising "Basant Bahar Music Programme, Dance and Comedy Show" at Alhamra, Music Show at Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Open Air Theatre on Basant Day.
Gawalmandi Food Street is also organising Basant Night and Grand Musical Show at the residence of Chairman Khawaja Shakil. The Street is also organising Folk Jahangir Band Competition and Traditional Horse Dance on Sunday (tomorrow). Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan (TDCP) is not lagging behind in organising Basant related functions.
The TDCP will organise Basant Night and Basant Day functions at Shahi Hammam Delhi Gate.
Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:20 PM
By Sajjad Shafiq Butt
LAHORE: The Basant gala-2004 claimed 19 lives besides leaving hundreds of others injured, as Lahorites did their way to record the deadliest celebrations.
No less than 15 people lost their lives and around 1,000 others received injuries in different incidents on the Basant day (Sunday). The Basant night (Saturday) celebrations had already claimed the lives of at least four children while 250 others were wounded.
Lahorites also flouted all bans and continued to fire shots indiscriminately in the air. The usage of loud-speakers, pressure-horns, and the material prohibited for the kite-flying sport was also continued unabated during the extravaganza.
For instance, no less than 40 people were severely injured as a result of air firing. Open display and usage of semi-automatic and automatic weapons was witnessed in different areas. As many as 40 people were admitted to the Mayo Hospital and the record showed that most of them had sustained bullet wounds. The record clearly exposed the police claims of having checked and nabbed people involved in air firing.
The same hospital’s Children Ward received 80 children patients with Basant-related injuries while 140 injured were brought to Services Hospital, 50 were admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital while 20 were taken to Shaikh Zayed Hospital. Lahore General Hospital received 20 injured while the other private and government hospitals besides private clinics of the City were no more exception to this effect. Capital City Police claimed to have arrested 157 people allegedly involved in using metal strings for flying kites and firing shots in the air in order to mark the celebrations.
The police confiscated 70 kites and 115 spools of chemical twine and tandi by arresting 148 violators. A handout said that 99 violators were caught from Sadar Division areas, 19 from Model Town Division, 17 from City Division, and 13 were held from Cantonment Division precincts.
Posted 05 May 2004 - 11:29 PM
bassant is the village tradition...
which is the time to cut cropz, n then all farmerz celebrates it...
ppl also call it "JASHN-E-BAHARAN" which also means to celebrate spring season so shash with this hindu thing
*n funny thing is that those who said we don't celebrate basant cuz bassant is hindu thing, after me askin how was ur basant... wished me valentinez day after few minz (cuz both were on the same day)
ironic isn't it <_<
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