“The main objective of hosting these celebrations today is to introduce this longstanding and colorful event to the people of Pakistan, especially the younger generation,” said Dr. Fauzia Saeed, Executive Director at Lok Virsa.
Lok Virsa has carved a reputation of being a national torchbearer for the advancement and conservation of intangible and tangible cultural heritage of Pakistan. “Our organization firmly supports promoting events which aim to fuse cultural diversity and help bring all communities closer.
Afghanistan Embassys's stall exhibiting their traditional crafts
The Embassy of Afghanistan enthusiastically participated in the event and had set up a lavish stall exhibiting their traditional crafts, dresses and food items. Besides that, they had a separate enclosure that hosted five Afghan musicians who left the listeners spellbound with their melodious tunes.
A large number of people from different walks of life made their way to Lok Virsa and enjoyed the delightful celebrations of Nowruz. The attendees wholeheartedly applauded the performers and encouraged them. In Pakistan, Nawruz is cleberated in Balti, Shina and Burushaski communities in the Gilgit-Baltistan region as well as by Ismaili, Parsi and Hazara communities all over the country.
This festival was a commendableeffort to showcase different aspects of cultures of other countries that have deep rooted cultural affinities with Pakistan, as this year Pakistan was also part of UNESCO’s official list of countries that celebrate Nawruz.