Kashmir Day is also known as Kashmir Solidarity Day and is celebrated on the 5th of February. This annual national holiday is observed not only in Azad Kashmir but throughout Pakistan.
Different political parties considered this day to be celebrated as a national holiday. The idea was first proposed in 1990 and after many considerations, it was collectively declared as a public holiday to be celebrated every year throughout Pakistan.
The holiday holds enormous significance and is marked by public processions, special prayers in mosques for the liberty of Kashmir and protests that are carried out against the Indian domination of Kashmir.Solidarity rallies are held in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan and in the United Kingdom by Mirpuri Kashmiris.
Another hallmark of this day is the formation of a human chain on all six major bridges leading to Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) from Pakistan. People gather together and stand in rows holding hands, reassuring the Kashmiris that they are not alone in their struggle for freedom.
The day provides recognition to the support, that Pakistan provided when the people of Indian-administered Kashmir, were struggling for their freedom. It pays homage to Kashmiri martyrs who lost their lives fighting for Kashmir’s ongoing struggle for freedom.
The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir was claimed by India and, as of 2010, administers approximately 43% of the region. They control Jammu, the Kashmir Valley, Ladakh, and the Siachen Glacier. India’s claims are opposed by Pakistan, which administers approximately 37% of Kashmir, namely Azad Kashmir and the Northern Areas.
The Kashmir valley is symbolically referred to as “paradise on earth”. The valley is shown in modern art as being overwhelmed by flames, depicting unrest, uproar and peril in heaven. Speaking of heaven, Kashmir is one of the top tourist places in Pakistan that one must visit. The beauty that can be experienced in Kashmir is exceptional.
In 2016, take out one minute from your day to pray for Kashmir and support them. This moment of silence is for the martyrs that rest in peace and those people who continue to fight for their freedom. Or, you may also plan a trip to Kashmir and celebrate the day with the natives.
Kashmir day falls on a Friday this year, making the coming weekend a long one. It is very common for Pakistanis to utilize every long weekend. Then why not use this precise holiday to travel to the north and give Kashmir, the land of beauty, a visit. Make your online bookings through Jovago.com for the easiest and reliable experience you could get.
*This is a guest post by Jovago Pakistan.