Strange traditions of Pakistani culture
January 20, 2011 38 Comments
In Pakistan we have very interesting local traditions and superstitious norms . Sometimes they make us laugh, sometimes they make us uneasy but we usually bound to follow at least, most of the time. These are attached parts of our daily life and our beliefs. Because different traditions have meaning that symbolizes something happened in past or attached to us through generation to generation.
We absorb cultural and traditional values, ideas, and attitudes primarily from our families, through the educational process and religious background.Cosmopolitan cultures give innovations to old values and here new generation modify their traditions with socialization process.
These strange traditions can be defined as a complex of values, ideas, attitudes, and other meaningful symbols created by human beings to shape human behavior and the artifacts of that behavior as they are transmitted from one generation to the next. These symbols of any civilizations are the basic determinants of much of our ,thinking approach,decision-making and inherent behavior.
Lets discuss few just for knowing the exact reasons of our copy acts .
A son cant smoke in front of his/her parents.
It is very interesting that no matter son is chain smoker but he would nt do this in front of parents or specially in front of his father.It comes in the category of respect for parents.So such kind of hollow respect is quite unreasonable and if sons really love and respect his parents he shouldn’t puff it in their absence too.
Start Reciting Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem when some person or child slips or drops
Bismillah is said as a blessing before eating food, starting new job and other actions that are worthy of giving thanks to Allah or asking of His support.
Where this pray is fit when someone is falling or tripped.
Covering the head by ladies after hearing Azzan or recitation of Quran.
Head covering is part of Islamic culture and mandatory part during praying but in our culture ladies who usually drop shawl or duppatta on their shoulders or waist take no time to put it on their heads while this recitation is going on and as soon as it ended they again drop this piece on their shoulders.
A male partner with ladies before departing home
Girls should fulfill the presence of masculine touch while going to market or traveling and even a little boy can fulfill this traditional way of accompanying grown up ladies.Some elders are psychological very comfortable when girls follow this norms.
Calling flirtatious boy as phoond(yellow wasp) and girl as Taxi.
This is very interesting feature of young life when boys are recognised as phoond who are roaming near girls colleges and shopping areas.Not clear that how these two are linked but these are very popular terms for recognizing them in their real character.Same thing in boys side who by just seeing the body language and getup of any girl, take no time to name her taxi of city not cab.
Tieing black cloth on silencer of car or long wigs on back side of public transport.
It is part of our superstitious way of living where people think that they might be hurt due to jealous sentiments of others so they put black cloth or long black wig in the back side of their vehicles to protect them from evil intentions of friends and foes .
Poetry written on back side of vehicles.
Traveling on high ways of Pakistan provide many hilarious moments when some vehicle , truck or bus crosses us and very interesting poetry , miniature painting and funny quotes are printed on back side of our public and private transport.This surely reveal the hidden talent of our natural artists who are not acknowledged in any level.
Sales Men’s full dress rehearsal in showrooms of ladies bridal dresses.
It is very common practice that in male dominating and orthodox Pakistan , there is complete dominance of men in typical ladies shopping areas where they are busy in all kind of funny gestures to attrac There are also parlours where male beauticians are giving beauty tips to their females clients even in typical womanish matters.
All kind of secret medical tips and treatment details via wall chalking
This is very cheap and way of advertising and attracting patients via wall chalking in Pakistani culture. Al kind of secret diseases including hemorrhoids, men and woman sex related problems, infertility for both men and women can be cured by chasing such kind of tips and addresses.Parents or elders sometime face embarrassment situation when their young kids who just started reading Urdu and English phrases, start asking questions after reading these wall chalking.
Using Local Canals as public Swimming pool.
This traditional scene is very common in our summers where boys, men and even our eastern ladies feel easy to enjoy this public bath in nearby canals.It doesnt matter that drain of city is flowing in this canal or in near waters, our domestic animals including buffalo, donkeys, horses also enjoy same level of bathing as do our human beings.
it is one of oldest traditions which is now become necessity of people as these canals are only source of surplus water to our people so they never miss this chance of enjoying canal swimming in s in one of filthy waters of our surroundings.