The Independence Day of Pakistan comes a day before Indian Independence Day i.e on 14th August.
We all mostly know about India and its Independence but facts about Pakistan’s Independence Day are mostly unknown to a majority. Have a look at some facts:
1.) The word Pakistan is coined by two words Pak, which means ‘pure’ and Stan which means ‘land’. This was a conjuncture provided by Choudhary Rahmat Ali. The Pakistani flag is representative of its official colors green and white; of which, green stands for Islam and the majority Muslims in Pakistan, whereas the white stripe represents religious minorities and minority religions. The crescent and star in the flag, symbolize progress and light respectively.
2.) The only fertile desert in the world, Tharparkar desert, is located in Pakistan. There are two perennial springs, namely Sardhro and Anchlesar, as well as temporary streams called Bhatuyani River and Gordhro River which flow during the rainy season. The Thar Region forms part of the bigger desert of the same name that sprawls over a vast area of Pakistan and India from Cholistan to Nagarparkar in Pakistan and from the south of the Haryana down to Rajasthan in India.
3.) The first time around, Pakistan’s Independence Day was also celebrated on 15th August. However, as Pakistan sought for an identity completely distinct from India, and did not want to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence day on the same day as India’s, they changed it to 14th August.
4.) The national drink of Pakistan is Sugarcane Juice. It is popularly known as “Roh” in the country.
5.) At the time of it’s Independence in 1947, the total land area of Pakistan was 943,665 km² . After its division into East Pakistan (Bangladesh) and West Pakistan, the area became 796,096 km² .