Swat youth vow to revive fading features of Pakhtun culture

Published March 23, 2023
Students and teachers present a folk song during the festival in Swat. — Dawn
Students and teachers present a folk song during the festival in Swat. — Dawn

SWAT: A large number of youth from different parts of Swat set up cultural and traditional stalls at an event to revive the fading features of Pakhtun culture.

The function titled “Da Pakhtano Kaltoor” was held at a local college. A large number of youth participated in the event. They showcased the tradition of hujra and displayed different games, foods and other daily use items at various stalls. Dressed in Qameez Shalwar, waistcoats and cap, they sang folk songs, highlighting the bravery, courage and diverse culture of Pakhtuns.

The participants of the event said the Pakhtuns had a long history and diverse cultural heritage with many positive elements. “Today we have seen a hujra, which is not only a symbol of their hospitality but also an institution where every sect of a community learns the way of life. We are happy that we share a beautiful culture and we are determined to keep it alive for our young generation,” said Suleman Khan, a student sitting at the hujra stall.

The students also talked about Pakhtun history and played traditional games.

“For the first time we have learnt about the history of Pakhtuns and their journey till the modern age. I feel proud to have such an amazing history,” said Shameer Khan, another student.

Saeed Anwar gave a detailed presentation on traditional games of Pakhtuns. “Today our young people are busy in mobile phones and social media but they do not know about our traditional games, which have centuries-old history,” he said.

The participants of the event enjoyed the delicious traditional foods available at various stalls. The organisers said that culture provided them with shared values, beliefs and traditions. They said that culture enabled people to better understand and communicate with each other.

“Education does not mean to teach students about course but real education is to train the young people about their culture and history too. So, today we provided an opportunity to students and youth to get involved in cultural activities so that they may learn about their traditions and values,” said Asghar Ali, the principal of the college.

At the end, the young people sang songs and received applause from audience.

Published in Dawn, March 23rd, 2023

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