Changing weather: Kites and food bring cheer at Spring, basant festival

Published: March 31, 2014
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A family is enjoying the event while a group of foreigner try to fly kites. PHOTOS: INP

A family is enjoying the event while a group of foreigner try to fly kites. PHOTOS: INP

ISLAMABAD: 

Hundreds of people gathered at Fatima Jinnah Park on Sunday morning to bid farewell to the chilly weather and festively welcome the new season.

Clusters of people engaged in numerous activities got out to celebrate spring. The bright sun and cool breeze gave young boys an opportunity to participate in kite flying, a rare sight in the capital. While some amateurs were constantly losing the battle and rushing to purchase more kites to fly, others with their eyes transfixed on the sky were seeking an opportunity to catch unattended kites that fell to the ground.

“I have run out of money to buy more kites, so my friends and I are looking out for any kites falling down,” said Ali Qadeer.

While one side of the park remained chaotic, the other side had something to offer for those who did not want to play but watch an activity. A stage was also set up for those who wanted to perform. Many youngsters took the chance to sing and dance.

Food stalls bordering the park allowed families to buy their meals and eat anywhere they felt comfortable. “It’s a perfect way to spend Sunday morning with your family” said Saira Ahsan who had come with her children to the event. “It’s refreshing” she added.

Trying out different patterns of green and white, cricket fans getting updates on the ongoing national team match were also seen getting Pakistan flag painted on their cheeks. Many were also spotted wearing replica Pakistan team jerseys to support the team.

“A day well spent,” said Ayesha Kiyani. “Even though I wasn’t participating in any event, the perfect weather, a good meal and just watching activities was entertaining,” she added.

“Due to the security situation, there are fewer and fewer events of this nature taking place in Islamabad. I am overwhelmed to see the response of this event” said Saima Rasheed.

People’s energy did not fade away till sunset. Volunteers at the event were mostly youngsters who successfully managed to handle the crowd.  The event was organised by The National Youth Parliament Pakistan and Knowledge City Islamabad.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2014.

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