A Celebration of Colour and Beauty
It 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
Spring 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.
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.
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.
We 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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