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Pakistanis celebrate National Day in Kuwait

Published Date: March 29, 2009
By Hussain Al-Qarari, Staff writer

KUWAIT: Under the patronage of Sajjad Ahmed Seehar, the Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistani nationals in Kuwait on Friday celebrated their National Day in the gardens of Shaab Park. The event, which started in the afternoon, consisted of a cultural exhibition with pavilions displaying the culture and diversity of different regions of Pakistan. A stage program followed the exhibition with musical performances and poetry recitations by students from 15 Pakistani school
s in Kuwait.

Speaking to the Kuwait Times, Seehar said that the event offered a great opportunity to reinforce the ties between the two countries. "Pakistani nationals in Kuwait feel very much at home here. Our cultures and traditions are very much similar, and the relationship between our countries has been established for a long time and is very deep-rooted," he explained.

Pakistanis really love this country. We hope that there will be more cultural interaction so that there will be more understanding between our two cultures.
Kuwait houses over 150,000 Pakistanis working in different trades and businesses.

A number of pavilions were dotted around the park's green courtyards, displaying pictures, artifacts and information about the different regions of Pakistan. One girl at a stall exhibiting information and artifacts from the Sindh area was wearing a colorful dress, her hands decorated with henna tattoos and her head styled with jewelry and colorful fabrics, representing the bride at a traditional wedding in the Sindh.

Cashmere scarves and shawls, teapots and walnuts decorated the booth representing Kashmir, which is famed for its fabrics and dried fruits products. A man preparing traditional Pakistani foods explain what makes the cuisine special. "Pakistan is mainly famous for its chicken tandoori and for its grilled kebabs," he revealed. "We have different kinds of cakes and sweets that are very popular and are always present at a traditional Pakistani dining table.