The Independence Day of Pakistan celebrated on 14 August, is a national holiday in Pakistan, commemorating the day in 1947 when Pakistan achieved independence and was declared a sovereign nation, following the end of the British Raj. Pakistan came into existence as a result of the Pakistan movement; the Pakistan movement aimed for creation of an independent Muslim state by partition of the north-western region of the Indian subcontinent and was led by All-India Muslim League under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The event was brought forth by the Indian Independence Act 1947 wherein the British Indian Empire was divided into two new nations — Dominion of India and Dominion of Pakistan (later “Republic of India” and “Islamic Republic of Pakistan”, respectively).
On the Islamic calendar, the day of independence coincided with 27 Ramadan, which Muslims regard as a sacred night. On 14 August, the flag hoisting event takes place in the provincial capitals and all major cities. The main ceremony takes place in Islamabad, where the national flag is hoisted at the Presidential and Parliament buildings, which is followed by the national anthem, and live televised speeches by leaders. All across Pakistan the day is celebrated by flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades, cultural events, and award ceremonies. Patriotic songs are played on radio, television, and at various public places. People place the national flag on their houses, vehicles and other personal property to show their affection towards their country.
The independence day is subject to many Television shows, films and songs. The event of partition has also received coverage and has been a theme in many novels and books. The Pakistan Post, keeping the event at center, has released many stamps regarding the day as well as about various leaders of the freedom struggle. The Google Pakistan also featured a special doodle in 2011, marking the independence of Pakistan. Google made special logo on the eve of national day of Pakistan.
Just like last year, Google has again displayed today a brilliant independence day doodle at its Google Pakistan page.
Unlike last year’s doodle where a crescent and a star was displayed above the second ‘g’ and a Minar-e-Pakistan was placed in place of ‘l’ (and the color changed to green, of course) this years doodle has got a complete make over and instead features a traditional design and artwork (similar to the artworks you see on lorries everyday!).
This is a remarkable way to celebrate the 65th independence anniversary of our motherland and something that we people deserve as Google Pakistan is among Pakistan’s most-visited websites. So to all the Pakistanis living both in abroad and in Pakistan, a very happy 65th independence day to you.