The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) opened a 10-day Eid Mela for families on Thursday, adding colours to festivities in the federal capital.
From bangle makers to henna artists, the festival includes almost everything people look for ahead of Eid. The festival focuses on female glass bangle makers from Hyderabad, art and craft bazaar, garments and henna stalls, artisans’ displays and other attractions.
Fun lovers including youngsters termed the festival an excellent recreation and shopping opportunity, saying that the overall ambiance of the festival was different from typical shopping. Eid-related products were presented in cultural pavilions, serving the people with a taste of their traditional heritage.
Lok Virsa Executive Director Dr Fouzia Saeed said the home-based bangle makers from Hyderabad have been invited by the institute in collaboration with Pak Social Welfare Society to demonstrate their skills from July 12 to 16.
“They use this profession as a source of income and to contribute to poverty alleviation among women in their community,” she said.
The event will continue till Chand Raat.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2015.
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