Jashan-e-Baharan (+*Basant*+) Kicks Off!

The Basant and Jashan-e-Baharan (Celebrations of the Spring) festitivities are taking off in the city starting from today. These include a number of traditional cultral events with Jillani Park (Race Course Park) being the epicenter of it all.

Festival of the Kites
Source: Things Asian

The month-long (February 22 – March 23) festival will include a colorful display of lights and boats on parts of the Canal that runs through the city and on the Mall as well as an open fun fair and musical gala at the Race Course Park. In addition to all this, there will be mushairas, animal and pet shows, food, music, band performances, a book-fair and parades at different venues across the city.

A decorated tree in the Jillani Park (Race Course Park)

Basant, although an integral part of the Jashn-e-Baharan festivities, is being kept aside as a separate two-day-only event for which security and law-watch has been substantially tightened. Police is on search for possible violaters of ban on metal-twine usage and other related offences.

So, gear up for a festive mood while keeping a strict eye on your neighborhood for any outlawed activities… And, yes, did I mention that Lahore Police has announced a cash reward of Rs.5000 for those who report any violation of laws on kite-flying…

13 Comments so far

  1. salman (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 6:52 am

    celebrating on the death ? (in every day life)

  2. Mridula (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    Lovely pictures. Have a wonderful time.

  3. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 24th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

    So the fervor must be all up again … enjoy the time Lahoriites bas be safe and keep ppl arnd you safe too!!

  4. Kashif (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 5:20 am

    Basant causes dozens of casualties each year. Why don’t they go out in open areas and enjoy themselves instead of flying the kites in densely populated areas and killing people.

    Here is a what we have done about Basant:


  5. nadia (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    Whats done in the way of safety?..ppl have still been killed.

  6. Abdullah (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

    Not a lahori myself but I think it would be appropriate to replace title “zinda dalaan-e-lahore” to “Qatelan-e-Lahore” ..how shameless are the people who want to paint their picture with blood of victims.

  7. S2 (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 6:04 am

    Abduallh, your father Maudoodi who called Pakistan Na-Pakistan and opposed creation of Pakistan was the Qaatal-e-Lahore when he started the 1953 agitation resulting in deaths of many innocent Lahoris. Eventually Army had to come in for the first time in Pakistan’s history and impose the first Marshal Law to restore order. Don’t give us lecture on morality. Don’t you have a liberal to kill or a military dictator to support you Jamaati terrorist.

  8. Abdullah (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 7:59 pm

    Lectures on morality to a moron are useless. I am stunned by the level of stupidity shown by you..I am not affiliated with Jamaat or whatever. but what are you trying to say? Because some Mr. X did something years ago we will continue killing our children..Are you looking for some political party to come forward and motivate you not to kill your generation? Perhaps you will understand when some close relative will be a victim of such brutality.. till then enjoy!

  9. Waqas (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

    Basant used to be such a great event, Lahories have been celebrating it for such a long time, there were never this many deaths. On this basant most of the deaths/injuries resulted from firing rather than kite flying.

    I hate to say it but I think we might have to put an end to this festival.

  10. Bulla (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

    ^ there were never this many deaths, but there were deaths due to basant nonetheless!

  11. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

    I don’t favor or oppose Basant for it has both positive and negative aspects. The only thing that we should emphasize on is to promote harmony and values of moderate co-existence in our society.

    Those who use this event for unlawful practices including firing should be harshly prosecuted in public.

    As far as the festival itself is concerned, it was a harmless one until people starting abusing it.

  12. Adeel R (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    This is such a stupid holiday. Children always die and it’s probably haram anyway. Sheesh

  13. iblees (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    “it’s probably haram anyway”

    everything is “probably” haram “anyway”. Ha!

    Blogs are haram as well.

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