ISLAMABAD,(Pakistan Point News - APP - 5th Augst,2016) : The preparations for celebrating the 70th Independence Day, to fall on August 14, are continuing in the capital with great patriotic zeal and enthusiasm. The capital is wearing green and white look with display of colourful stalls carrying Jashan-i-Azadi accessories like national flags, bunting, badges, souvenirs, balloons, T-shirts and other stuff in every nook and corner. "This year I-Day preparations have started before the advent of August and people are showing more enthusiasm toward celebrating the day", Masood Raza, a resident of G-7 Markaz said.
He said, "My children have bought bunting and flags to decorate the home and our car. They have also purchased Azadi shirts available at every stall". Ameen Khaliq, a resident of I-8 sector said, "the display of bunch of stalls on the road side area in the main markaz of I-8 sector has become center of attraction for most of the people". He said, "I see huge rush of children and youngsters at these stalls while going back to home in evening which reflect their patriotic spirit and enthusiasm".
Samia Aslam, a young student said, "I and my friends will wear the flag coloured suits on I-Day. We will also visit market for buying other accessories like green and white bangles, shoes and pin badges". She said, I-Day was getting the shape of a festival or gala and people irrespective of their ages participate in its activities vigorously. The public and private departments had planned a number of activities including seminars, discussion programmes, debate and national songs competitions, walks and other events in connection with the I-Day celebrations.
Different programmes would be arranged to pay tributes to the national heroes and the leaders of Pakistan Movement who laid their lives for the country. The main offices and homes will be illuminated with lighting bulbs and prayers would be held on the day for the prosperity of the country. Many of the food outlets are offering Azadi deals on discount to attract the food lovers while different boutiques and shops are offering huge variety of Azadi dresses. One of the striking feature of the I-Day preparations is Azadi Train which would start its month-long journey across the country couple of day before August 14. The Azadi train, comprising of 17 decorated coaches, will stop at every big station of the country and hold musical shows, cultural dances and other activities.