The Punjab and the Punjabi's
Punjab - The Heart of Pakistan
Punjab, one of the four provinces of Pakistan has five rivers which run through the whole province. Population wise Punjab is the largest province of Pakistan with population of about 27 million. The culture of Punjab is quite similar to the Indian Punjabi culture and is one of the oldest cultures of the world. Among the characteristics of this majestic culture are Punjabi literature, Punjabi food, Punjabi music, festivals, architecture, poetry, Punjabi dance, and the people of Punjab on top. This culture has always lived in the hearts of its people who never let its charm fade away.
While talking about Punjab, you can’t miss mentioning the flavoursome Punjabi food. People of Punjab have a unique taste when it comes to food. They love the spicy food such as “biryani” on top of everything, spicy tikka, tandoori chicken and so much more. Other then spice they also have a great taste when it comes to sweet coated desserts which includes dishes like Gulab Jamun and kheer. The versatile and delicious food of Punjab is loved so much by its people and they serve their dishes in a full traditional manner to their guests. People here have a vibrant and lively nature, they welcome their guests wholeheartedly and treat them with hospitality.
DIFFERENT PUNJABI DIALECTS
The provincial language of Punjab is Punjabi and the majority of the Punjabis speak this language. However, there are several dialects of Punjabi such as Hindko, Saraiki, Majhi, Pahari, jhangvi, and Pothowari. These are spoken in different cities of Punjab.
Some of the old Punjabi romantic poems describe the insight view of the Punjabi culture. Such as “Heer Ranjha”, which is a famous folk love story and a Punjabi poem written by Waris Shah. Allama Iqbal is the national poet of Pakistan. His Poetry is still popular and loved all over Pakistan.
TRADITIONAL SHALWAR KAMEEZ
The bright and vibrant cultural dresses of Punjab give an idea about the vivacious and high-spirited essence of the Punjabis. Cultural wears of men include traditional shalwar kameez, turban, kurta, and Khusa. As for the women, clothing shalwar kameez with embroidery is the main tradition of the Punjabi culture. They also wear gharara, paranda, and churidar pajama. Fashion trends do change with time and different styles of shalwar kameez are brought into the market.
Like any other culture, Punjabis also have a taste in music and dances which are performed at the times of joyful events. The excitement and celebrations are at its peak during the wedding season. Dholki, Mehndi, Mayun, and ubtan are some of the wedding rituals in Punjab. Bhangra is the most common dance in Punjabi culture. And people love the Punjabi folk songs and Qawalis. There are several festivals celebrated in Punjab such as Baisakhi and Basant. People from all over Punjab participate in these festivals with full enthusiasm and anticipation.
PUNJAB FOR THE SIKH COMMUNITY
Punjab, not only holds a great importance for Pakistanis but it is also loved and honoured by the Sikh community of the whole world as the founder of their religion was born in a district of Punjab, Nankana Sahib.