Most Pakistanis are familiar with August 14 as a national holiday for Pakistan. But there is another date in our history which receives less attention than it should: March 23.
March 23, known as Pakistan Day, is an occasion observed to commemorate the passage of the famous resolution of the All India Muslim League in Lahore in 1940. This was when a demand for a separate independent state for the Muslims of South Asia was made.
1. Understand why this day is important
Knowing the history and facts behind the March 23 resolution is critical for any Pakistani who wants to have a better grasp of his or her history and culture.
If you aren’t already familiar with it, surf the net, check out the library and talk to those who know about March 23, 1940. Try to understand why and how it was important to the millions of people who later made the dangerous trek from India and Pakistan seven years later, losing their lives, family members and homes.
2. Share this knowledge with your family in a family meeting
Your parents may already know about March 23 but your siblings may not.
Hold a family meeting early in March or on March 23 (which falls on a Saturday this year, so everyone can most likely make the time for this) to share what you’ve learned about this momentous day and what it means for you and your family.
Even better, maybe you can get the younger kids to put together a short speech or read aloud the Pakistan Resolution about the occasion to educate or remind everyone about why it’s important. This can even be in the form of a skit, a poem or a song.
3. Organize a Pakistan Day event at your school
Organize an exhibition featuring posters on Pakistan. Include other cultural artifacts on display such as Pakistani clothing, artwork, photos of the country as well as samplings of Pakistani food (samosas are usually a hit).
Another activity you can include in the event is a quiz game to test everyone’s knowledge of all aspects of Pakistan. Gather questions and answers about geography, history, economy, politics and more. Once you’ve got everything, get one person to be the emcee. Include prizes for winners and post all questions and answers after the game on a board outside of your school
4. Hold a video discussion about Pakistan
If you can find a good video about Pakistan, even a travelogue; organize a movie night on March 23 as a way to familiarize non-Pakistanis with the country, its culture and history. Serve refreshments and charge a minimal fee or no fee at all. The point is to educate others about our heritage.
5. Do a project or presentation for class about the March 23 resolution
Pakistani children in elementary and high school can also suggest this to Social Studies teachers, who would probably welcome the opportunity for students to share their culture and heritage.
And in last i wish you all HAPPY PAKISTAN DAY.