Spring Has Arrived – In Pakistan

A Celebration of Colour and Beauty

springIt is spring time in Pakistan and like every other part of the world, it is time for life to burst through the frozen. The breeze is getting more balmy and laden with the sweet scent of blossoms. The butterflies are back from the south as the central Indus plains of Pakistan are warming up to the beauty of the season, undressing from the cloaks of winter frost. Bees are busy harvesting nectar and women are gearing up for a shuffle of their wardrobes for upcoming long summer.

The spring collection is already in the stores, since mid January actually, and brighter, more vivid colors (yellow and orange) are already trending with the women in Pakistan. It is the time for Pakistani women to doll up before the harsh summers, which comes in just about a month or so. The end March is when it start getting pretty warm in Pakistan. Spring here is dominated by ‘yellow’ and the color appears in some form on all the cloth prints. It has a strong cultural connection with the beautiful lush green Pakistani plains going yellow with mustard flowering.

Spring: A Time of Joy

springSpring means bounty for Pakistani women:  Traditionally, being a agro-based economy, this was the harvest time for Pakistani people in the past (still for many, associated with farming).  It was also when farmers were enriched through the yields from their long winter toil by ripening crops and fruit. Going by this, it is the time when many Pakistani women can spend more lavishly.

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Spring is the wedding season: After a freezing winter of over three months (starting from mid October to the end of January), this season is a short one in Pakistan. Starting somewhere from the end of January and it barely stretches its pleasantries to the mid of march. The short span is the time of joy and merry-making for the women of Pakistan. It is around the time when most marriages are scheduled to take place.

Winters are spent planning for the upcoming marriages. Women order exquisite dresses from embroiders, preferring customized thematic dresses for the spring weddings. These weddings are highly anticipated and you can feel “love in the air”  as the brides-to-be taking special care to look their best for their special day. Wedding venues are booked months in advance and beauty parlors are flooded. To get into the best of parlors you would need you have made an appointment weeks in advance and be prepared to pay thrice their usual rates.

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Jashn e Baharan (aka the spring celebrations): These celebrations have been the part of Pakistani culture since times immemorial. Spring is called “BASANT” in the Pakistani culture and women love wearing “BASANTI” colors (more vivid ones like yellow). Special dishes like “Biryani” (a local delicacy made with aromatic rice, choice of meat and exotic spices) are prepared for family gatherings.

As you can tell by now, this is a special time of year for all here but the freshness of Pakistani women’s faces is most evident with spring and the colors it spreads in our lives. We love this season and give thanks for its beauty for us and the women all over the world.

Are you looking forward to Spring? What are you anticipating the most? Share your thoughts as well as your favourite colour for the season this year in the comments below.

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ContributorWe welcome back our Contributor from the distant shores of Pakistan with her first post here for 2016. Neelma Tashfeen brings variety to this blog with her posts on several aspects of life in her country. Her Best of The Year post for 2015 was “A Peek Into The Daily Lives of 3 Pakistani Woman,” and it was an introduction to the lifestyle, views and way of life in her homeland. She continues this tradition of sharing her country and culture with us this year, starting with today’s post.

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28 thoughts on “Spring Has Arrived – In Pakistan

  1. […] Contributor based in Pakistan, Neelman Tashfeen, posted recently about Spring in that country and it is actually coming to a close there. Her description of the colours, the fashion, the lives […]

  2. Thanks for the great feedback and interest. welcome to Pakistan and any friend can be my personal guest when you plan to visit Pakistan. We are open, friendly and much more than what you read here. I always writing for this blog
    Thanks

    1. Ms Claudette

      That’s a kind offer Neelma! Might just take you up on it. 🙂

  3. thanks all the friends for a lovely feedback. Pakistan is a beautiful place to be in spring (though the summers can be sizzling hot). I welcome any members on the forum to be my guest when you plan to come over to Pakistan for a trip. We are full of culture, life and there is much more to Pakistan than what you see or read in my articles. We are open and very friendly. From expansive deserts to highest mountains in the world, we have everything in just about .7 square kms of land mass. Happy reading 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thanks Neelma for sharing a bit more about Pakistan with us. 🙂

  4. […] during the traditional marriage season in Pakistan, which starts September each year and ends during Spring, roughly March); millions of couples tied […]

  5. I always look forward to spring. A time of rebirth and regrowth. Enjoy!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you so much! And thanks for the visit Christia. 🙂

  6. I compare spring with every new beginning, every chance to start over. Even the best of us need a fresh start sometimes. Letting go off old hurts, mistakes and yesterday’s deadness is a sure sign to me that spring is here.
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  7. I would love to visit it. I have a kind of bucket list and going there is in my ideal tour. Love the places full of cultures!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Well, when you do visit please share pictures on your return Ana! 🙂

  8. It’s starting to feel like spring over here too! I can’t wait until it gets a touch warmer though and I don’t have to worry about scraping the ice off my car each morning haha
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Funny enough, that was a daily thing here – scraping ice – sometimes twice a day but this winter has been so mild that I haven’t had to do that much. But like you Shaylee, looking forward to the full blooming of Spring. 🙂

  9. Seem like a wonderful place and a great time of the year I hope I can visit soon

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, Amy, it sounds like an experience that some will want to add to their bucket lists. 🙂

  10. awww, those flowers are pretty familiar. I see them in my backyard every spring. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome Dhemz! Maybe you can share a picture of the flowers in your backyard with us one day?

  11. Laurie

    I love the cultural significance behind spring. The renewal of nature is a great time to get married.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You know Laurie, I never thought of that before. You make a good point there about renewal! 🙂

  12. Elizabeth O.

    That makes Spring more exciting! It’s a great welcome to the new things in life. The traditions are almost the same, for harvesting, for wedding preparations and everything else! Spring is such a beautiful season, isn’t it?

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is a great season of newness! 🙂

  13. Spring is a wonderful time of year and I can’t wait until it gets into full swing. I like that there was so muc cultural context and it was fascinating to read!

  14. oh wow what a great insight and I sure hope spring hurrys for us as I am a little dreary thanks to the cold and dark days – how exciting do the weddings sounds

  15. I’m so jealous! It’s still rather cold over here in Philly. Reading this really gave me the travel and the spring bug!

    1. Ms Claudette

      LOL! Any travel plans for this year?

  16. Thank you so much for this! I love reading on what it’s like over there!
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  17. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Thanks for the peek as to what it’s like over there. I never even gave it a though before this.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are welcome Robin. This is why I have people from different perspective, cultures and context on my blog – to remind us that the world is made up of different kinds of people.

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