Lok Virsa Islamabad (The National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage) is going to hold Basant Festival in Islamabad on March 06. There will be a full-fledged kite flying competition, traditional foods, entertainment programs and folk music to entertain the visitors.
According to the Radio Pakistan, the colorful event will be organized in the Islamabad by the Lok Virsa. The kites flying that was once the seasonal event of the Punjabis is seeming to revive again in the country. There will be a proper festival of Basant will be arranged by the Lok Virsa that will include the Chunri and kite making program that will initiate in the upcoming days. The participants will be required to dress up with informal colorful yellow and red dresses.
This Basant Festival is being organized with the aim of educating the youth about their tradition and familiarizing them with their cultural values.
The Festival of Basant that was once known as the Jashn-e-Baharaan was the most popular festival in Lahore that has been now limited to decorating the public places with flowers in the spring seasons only. With the launching of the proper kite flying completion in Islamabad, there are chances that the Punjab will be again able to get back its traditional and colorful festival.