Punjab Culture Day celebrated across province.

LAHORE -- The Punjab Culture Day was celebrated with special colourful events representing the Punjabi culture held across the province on Tuesday.

In the provincial capital, the Punjab Institute of Language Art and Culture (Pilac), in collaboration with Lahore Arts Council, under the auspices of the Information and Culture Department, organised a festival at the Alhamra Art Centre.

The cultural activity was inaugurated by Punjab Minister for Information Amir Mir.

A colourful day as a crafts village was established, having various stalls of traditional food, jewellery and dresses. Drum beating and horse and camel dances were also a part of the festival. Prominent singers who sang songs included Tarranum Naz, Sain Zahoor, Fazal Jutt and Arif Lohar. The venue had an aura of festivity as most of the participants were wearing turbans and traditional Punjabi outfits. The women visitors were also wearing traditional jewellery and dresses.

LAC Executive Director Nazia Jabeen welcomed the minister and other guests. Pilac Director General Beenish Fatima Sahi and Information Secretary Ali Nawaz Malik also attended the event. There was a theatre performance by children as well.

However, the people, who had come to attend the Punjab Culture Day at Alhamra, later got stuck in the traffic as a police operation was going on at Zaman Park and roads leading to the Canal Road and Gulberg were completely closed for traffic.

LAHORE: Dancers perform at a festival at the Alhamra Art Centre. - White Star

BAHAWALPUR: The Punjab Cultural Day was celebrated with functions held by the district administrations of Bahawalpur and Lodhran.

In Bahawalpur, Deputy Commissioner Zaheer Ahmed Jappa inaugurated the day-long activities at Satellite Towns' Farid Park. The DC and other officials wearing traditional Punjabi turbans with blue-coloured Ajraks led a walk, largely participated by the people hailing from all walks of life.

The main events included camel and horse dances, a catwalk of goats of different breeds, stalls by the government and private schools and colleges, handicraft stalls exhibiting the cottage industries of Cholistan, art pieces and traditional pottery of the former Bahawalpur state.

The children from the Child Protection Bureau sang the welcome song inviting great applause from the audience. The Parks and Horticulture Authority set up flower stalls. The government schools organised special functions across the district. The culture day festivities were...

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