Members of Clonmelâ€™s Pakistani community gathered at Hillview Sports Club on August 14 to celebrate the countryâ€™s Independence Day.
People all over Pakistan celebrate Independence Day with patriotic zest. Many who attend the Independence Day parades dress up in green and white, the colours of the Pakistani flag and the countryâ€™s official colours. White represents peace while green symbolises prosperity and good fortune.
People visit national monuments and places of national significance to celebrate the day. This is also a time to meet relatives, exchange gifts and visit recreational spots.
Pakistanâ€™s national flag is hoisted on public and private buildings, residences and monuments at dawn. Official buildings, including Parliament House, are decorated and colourfully lit. Firework shows are put together on the eve of Independence Day. The day also pays homage to people who devoted their lives for Pakistanâ€™s freedom movement and made sacrifices to attain Pakistanâ€™s independence.
The Indo-Pak subcontinent remained a British colony from 1849â€“1947. The subcontinentâ€™s inhabitants did not approve of the British rule in united India. An uprising that occurred in 1857 eventually formed the shape of a freedom movement, which exemplified the efforts of the people of British India in gaining their independence.
After World War II it was expected that the British colonies would soon disintegrate. The Pakistan Movement, spearheaded by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, resulted in creating a Muslim state. Pakistan gained independence from British rule on August 14, 1947. At its birth, Pakistan had two parts commonly referred to as East and West Pakistan. In 1971 East Pakistan parted from West Pakistan and became Bangladesh.