2014 basant festival in lahore
Basant festival 2014
In the pre-partitioned
Punjab, especially Lahore--celebrated the basant mela
Panchami by flying kites. Muslims of Punjab also celebrated
the Basant although it was considered as a local (Hindu
or folk) festival. The younger Muslim folk did participate
in kite flying as an event. At the time of partition
in 1947, population of Lahore city was almost equally
divided between Muslims (52%) and Hindus/Sikh (48%).
By the end of September 1947, almost all the Hindus
had left West Punjab/Lahore for India, but their tradition
of Basant remained; and even today Lahore take pride
in basant mela and fly kites from their rooftops with
the same enthusiasm.
Being the historic capital
of Punjab there is no other place where basant mela
is celebrated with as much vigour and enthusiasm as
the ancient city of Lahore. Although traditionally it
was a festivel confined to the old-walled city it has
spread all through out the city
With the advent of spring,
skies of Lahore are resplendent with all types and sizes
of kites. The Lahorites participate in kite flying competitions
to herald the spring. basant mela is not only a kite
flying event, but a cultural festival of traditional
food, dresses, dances and music.
Itinerary basant in lahore 2011
Day 1 Activities of basant mela
» Visitors will be greeted at the airport in traditional
» Transportation to/from the airport with the
guide explaining about the festival basant in lahore
» Cultural troupe to welcome the delegates upon
arrival at the hotel.
» Welcome drinks (Lasi).
» Free dinner - Punjabi Food Festival in Kim’s
- serving traditional array of food in Punjabi cultural
» A tour to the walled city to witness night kite-flying
and illuminated colorful, historical monuments and balconies.
Day 2Activities of basant mela
» Reception in the Lawns - The delegates will
be decorated with yellow scarves and the ladies will
be decorated with Gajras.
» Breakfast with traditional Punjabi food.
» Kite flying competition.
» Performance by Cultural troupe throughout the
» Free traditional lunch arrangements in the Lawns.
» Performance by famous folk singers.
» Dancing horses and jhumar dances.
» Stalls of kites, bangles, flowers, handicrafts
» Tonga ride.
» Enjoy dinner in Food street - Punjabi Food Festival.
» Lahore by night - tour on Bugees.