ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 8th August, 2016) : With only six days left in the 70th Independence Day, youngsters and children were on Monday seen busy in giving final touches to their preparations for Jashan-i-Azadi (Independence Day festival). They thronged stalls of buntings, flags, badges, souvenirs and other stuff showing their love for the country and heroes of independence struggle. The capital looks green and white with the display of national flags and buntings at the stalls set up in its each nook and cranny, while the youth are buying these itmes with enthusiasm to marking the day as the biggest festival.
"This year people are showing more patriotic zeal towards celebrating the Independence Day. They started the preparations even before the advent of August," Afshan Syed, a resident of G-9 Markaz, said talking to APP. She said, "My children have bought buntings and flags to decorate the home and car. They have also purchased Azadi shirts available almost at every stall." Abid Raza, who lives in Sector I-8, said,"The stalls set up on the roadside area in the I-8 Markaz 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 the evening every day since the start of August which reflects 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 matching items like green and white bangles, shoes and pin badges." She said I-Day had now become a day of festivities and and people irrespective of their age participated in the activities with zeal to mark the day.
Public and private departments have 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 will also be arranged to pay tribute to the national heroes and the leaders of Pakistan Movement who had laid their lives for the country. Government offices, in particular, and houses, in general' will be illuminated on the eve of Independence Day.
Many food outlets have offered Azadi deals containing discount to attract food lovers while different boutiques and shops offer huge variety of Azadi dresses. 'Azadi' toys are another addition to the I-Day accessories being sold at different stalls and children are taking keen interest in buying the same. One of the striking feature of the I-Day preparations is Azadi Train which will start its month-long journey across the country 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.