Today Pakistan is known as one of the biggest Muslim Nations in the world. The country came into being in the Indian sub-continent on the map of the world in 1947. Pakistan has a greater number of Muslims populations; the people of Pakistan celebrate its independence day on the 14th of August every year.
The 14th August is a national holiday in Pakistan. The day is celebrated all over the country with flag raising ceremonies, tributes to the national heroes and fireworks taking place in the capital, Islamabad and also other parts of the country. The main ceremonies take place in the capital city Islamabad, where the President and Prime Minister raise the national flag at the Presidential and Parliament buildings and deliver speeches.
The people of Karachi city which is also called mini-Pakistan are preparing themselves to participate in the celebrations of the Independence Day as is growingly evident by their interest in buying the national flags and buntings in this mega city. Here residents have already started elevating national flags on the top of their houses and apartments and buildings. Make-shifts stalls have sprung up selling national flags and badges in various sizes according to the budget of various communities of the society.
The passion for the Independence Day celebration grows to its peak when on the eve of the day the youth come out in larger numbers on motorbikes and cars besides other available transport to show their fervor by parading around the city waving the national flags and playing popular national songs and tunes. The show of fireworks are also arranged on the eve of the day besides competitions of Pakistan national songs, speeches, quiz competitions, poetry contests, games, skits and stage plays are also held.
On the Pakistan Independence Day in Karachi, all the government and prominent private buildings use to open up national flags on their rooftops. The buildings are also enlightened with colorful and attractive lights. The monument of the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah brightened and a large number of people visit the Mausoleum of the Father of the Nation to pay admiration and loyalty. The tomb remains open for public at 11 am on August 14.
The Sindh Governor and Chief Minister of Sindh use to host the national flag of Pakistan at 9 am on the Independence Day. They set down floral wreaths on the monument of the Quaid-e-Azam and offer Fateha there. Wreaths are also set down on the mausoleum by units of the Armed Forces. Many other social and political bodies also put up wreaths at the mausoleum.
The City Government has set up numerous huge poles at different locations from Sharea Faisal and Shahra-e-Quaideen up to monument of Quaid-e-Azam to raise national flag. National flags also elevated on all important the buildings of city and town administrations. Other than public and private educational institutes, special functions also be held in city government administered schools in collaboration with the Arts Council of Pakistan to mark the Day.