Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, get hyped up because Basant is here!
The Information and Culture Minister for Punjab – Mr. Fayazulhasan Chohan – just announced that Basant will be celebrated again in Punjab next year.
During a press conference on the 100-day performance of his Ministry in Lahore, Mr. Fayyaz Chohan announced that the Punjab government has decided to lift the ban on celebrating Basant. In addition to that, they will also take measures to ensure people’s safety in order to avoid accidents that have been prevalent in the past. The official celebrations will start in the second week of February.
— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) December 13, 2018
This is huge news for every Pakistani. Who doesn’t love Basant?
The government has also given its word that they will ensure a safe event in which families can enjoy the colors of Spring without any harmful incidents. This is me right now:
The Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry, also congratulated the government on taking such a positive decision.
عثمان بزدار اور پنجاب حکومت اس اہم فیصلے پر مبارک باد کے مستحق ہیں pic.twitter.com/ZocxE0lCGQ
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) December 18, 2018
And he wasn’t the only one. The public was quick to respond and well…some people seem to like the news.
— F Y K A (@faiqa_ayaz) December 18, 2018
#Basant is the joyous celebration of the coming of Spring and NEW LIFE erupts in myriads of color! Anyone who can't feel the Spring in his/her walk, the colors of life springing back after a dismal Winter, is dead inside. Celebrate life! Good decision by Punjab Government pic.twitter.com/VTMDJ1QVwF
— M Ali Sulehria (@alisulehria) December 18, 2018
Thora sanjeeda nazariya:
If Pakistan can revive Basant like it was before CJP Chaudhry ruined it, it can go a long way in restoring tourism. Celebrate Basant like it was 12 years ago. #Basant
— Yasser Latif Hamdani (@theRealYLH) December 18, 2018
I’d be lying if I said that everyone supports this move. Some people don’t like the initiative. Like this polite gentleman:
#Basant All those in favor of celeberating it should face murder trial if any life is lost during this event. In fact terrorism charges should be placed on every one including @ImranKhanPTI @Fayazchohanpti @Dr_YasminRashid
— Zarwan Ali (@zarwanali1989) December 18, 2018
Basant was a very important yearly festival for Pakistani tourism but it was banned after several deaths were reported due to accidents
Basant festival marks the arrival of spring; the season of colors and joy. Also, it kinda marks the end of the bone-chilling winters so it’s like a win-win kinda thing. It was banned by the government of Punjab back in 2007 owing to the number of deadly accidents that occurred during the celebrations.
A foolish decision to lift the ban on #Basant. Many peoples have already lost their lives due to this stupidity.
— Hurma (@hurma_writes) December 18, 2018
People have mixed views on this, and rightfully so. The main reason why people are against the celebrations is the use of “chemical dor” which is this synthetic thread that is used to fly the kites. This thread is extremely sharp and very very thin so it’s not clearly visible either. Even during and after Basant, people who ride motorcycles and bicycles are prone to get tangled up in the aftermath of a kite-flying war; the hanging door from the roofs. This has led to deadly accidents in the past. Then there is the part where people lose track of their whereabouts and end up falling off of rooftops…yeah.
If the government can ensure precautionary safety measures, then people wouldn’t have anything against it and we can happily celebrate Basant again. Also, instead of banning Basant, if the government can ban the dangerous dor, then we can have a children-friendly, colorful celebration of the joyous season.
What do you think about this move? Definitely let us know in the comments below.
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