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#1 oxygen

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Posted 04 May 2004 - 11:16 PM

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Posted 04 May 2004 - 11:21 PM

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Posted 04 May 2004 - 11:38 PM

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Edited by oxygen, 05 May 2004 - 04:18 PM.


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Posted 05 May 2004 - 08:48 AM

wow cool...
oye good work oye shawa shawa
aye patang wala bunda tu aye ;)

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 09:11 AM

(salam)

There are hardly any kites in the sky. Must not be a popular.

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 09:27 AM

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There are hardly any kites in the sky. Must not be a popular.

count all the kites in all 3 pics :P

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 09:30 AM

i've only flown a kite once in my life :( and there wasnt any wind, so it scuked!

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 09:35 AM

i've only flown a kite once in my life :( and there wasnt any wind, so it scuked!

chchch :rolleyes:

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 03:43 PM

:lol: :lol: :lol:
thats kewl...
reminds me of how we used 2 fly patangs in lucknow :cry: :cry: ....

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 03:50 PM

i didn't even know that indianz have bassant too :squeez:
when do u guyz have bassant in india ???

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 03:52 PM

umm i dont remember...we call it basant ritu or sumthing :blink: ...i dont know LOL...but we sure fly kites ;) used 2 b fun yaar!! :(

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 03:59 PM

(salam)

Yup I remember flying kites in India too ^_^

Good old days :rolleyes:


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Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:03 PM

hmm ok theek :)
i know its fun :D
so when exactly is basant celebrated in india?

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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 :D plus the 10 million nohay...thts another thing tho...lol..

when do u guyz have bassant in india ???

i jus realised hmm bajjo...isnt basant a season? LOL so it'll probably be same time as in Pakiland... :D

Edited by Nida_e_Zahra, 05 May 2004 - 04:07 PM.


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Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:09 PM

i jus realised hmm bajjo...isnt basant a season? LOL so it'll probably be same time as in Pakiland... :D

well i am talkin bout the kite flying festivle
in pak its 14th feb n then the following week
not the whole season darling :P


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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.. :blink: i dont remember it that well...i only remember thats when people would go "nida hum tum pay fida" <_< ...thats b4 diwali though methinks.... :donno:

Edited by Nida_e_Zahra, 05 May 2004 - 04:16 PM.


#17 oxygen

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:13 PM

in Lahore it is celebrated on the 2nd sunday of February every year

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

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:16 PM

next yr it will b last basant for shiaz ;) i mean for few yrz ^_^
basant is really gettin crazy occasion in pak

Edited by hmMm, 05 May 2004 - 04:17 PM.


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Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:17 PM

ours is november time... :blink:

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:19 PM

ours is november time... :blink:

hmm
have it in feb
its like aik teer do nishanay thingy ;)
anywayz take carez all
Allah haffiz

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:20 PM

Lahorites charged up for Basant night

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.

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:20 PM

Basant claims 19 lives :rolleyes:

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.

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:24 PM

Basant is a hindu festival if I am remember correctly but Muslims adopted to taking part over the years.

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 11:29 PM

ok to all those EFFICIENTS who make this comment bout bassant being hindu tehwar...
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 :angry:


*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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Posted 05 May 2004 - 11:47 PM

kite flying was banned in certain parts of the indian punjab after they repeatedly resulted in shootouts between locals annually leading to deaths



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