by: Syed Ali Hameed
I wished to write this all in my FB’s status but due to constraint of words, I had to move here. Well, this not an “article” or a blog post or highly “sensible” and “sensitive” issue.
The news is “Halloween at Bahria University Islamabad, Administration has made sure for “students’ to come as “couples”.”
I was told this when I asked the details of a “traditional” event at the university mentioned above.
phukta afkaar kahan dhondne jae koi
is zamane ki hawa rakhti hai her cheez ko khaam
mudrassa akal ko azaad to krta hai magar
chor jata hai khayalat ko bayrabt o nizam
murda, ladeeni afkaar se afrang main ishq
akal bayrabti e afkaar se mashriq main ghulam!
It’s very unusual for me that my hands are not tabbing the keyboard continuously as I’m thinking rather wondering, “What to write, what to mention??”
I was told that universities are the Character Building Institutions of any country and their “condition” determines the future of any Nation or country. Unfortunately, our “ Character Building Institutions” remain close and celebrate a “chuthi” on days like August 14, March 3, September 6, December 25, November 9 and every day that is considered “heroic” or “ worth” in our history AND what do we do ?? well, I don’t know how do you spend the “National Day” but as far as I’m concerned, I simply watch any new Hollywood or Bollywood movie till late “A.M” and get up early in the– afternoon. And “if” I get some time to tune some channel, I find some “glamorous” uncles and aunties, “cool dudes” and “hawwt guls” celebrating the “National Day”. When asked some to ‘celebrity’ how he/she spends his day and he/she tells mostly, “Bus ‘so kar’ aur dostoun aur family se mil kar” and believe me, often the first part is the ONLY truth. On the other hand, I find my fellow “Youth” discussing problems of Pakistan in some air conditioned room of some 5-star hotel “Oh Iqbal! Come on, he was just a confused poet”, “Oh, Islam in Pakistan?? Not at ALL… it were the mullahs who wanted to highjack Tehreek e Pakistan, we believe in freedom of “Choice” ” “Quaid-e-Azam was not clear about Pakistan and the system that would serve Pakistan” and the long range of such “sensible” statements with very persuasive arguments.
Gala tou ghont diya ahle madrasa ne tera
Kahan se aaye sada la ilaha illa Allah
Contrary to above mentioned scenario, we celebrate any other day which has got “fun”. By “fun”, I refer to “fun”, “shugal” *winks*. Halloween, valentines’, new year and what not?? Music shows, fun nights, concerts, hang outs and “every thing”. Those who talk about “cultural values” are considered “out dated, conservative, tongue-tied, Paindu”
I was just going through the history of Halloween, please bear with this for a moment,
It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day, but is today largely a secular celebration. The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even (“evening”), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Up through the early 20th century, the spelling “Hallowe’en” was frequently used, eliding the “v” and shortening the word. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra h?lgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.
In the Anglican Church, some dioceses have chosen to emphasize the Christian traditions of All Saints’ Day, while some other Protestants celebrate the holiday as Reformation Day, a day to remember the Protestant Reformation. Father Gabriele Amorth, a Vatican-appointed exorcist in Rome, has said, “If English and American children like to dress up as witches and devils on one night of the year that is not a problem. If it is just a game, there is no harm in that.” In more recent years, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has organized a “Saint Fest” on the holiday. Similarly, many contemporary Protestant churches view Halloween as a fun event for children, holding events in their churches where children and their parents can dress up, play games, and get candy.
Boring Part over, but a few still remains. Go on, reading please. I was going through early celebrations of this day, found just few pics observing the costumes and may be some concepts in their minds “only” BUT what happens now a days?? The celebrations start with the “sunset” and “fun” begins. If you Google the “Halloween Party” and click on “images” and dare to turn off the “safe search”, you will find the extreme “fun”. Anyways, No Worries –We are still in the early stage of the “fun” – and if the “traditions” are encouraged and “followed” “democratically”. I await the bigger FUN.
You may call me “rigid” and not ready to adapt “inevitable” global changing and interchanging. I’m so Paindu to Dress up “funky”. You may put an allegation that I’m being pessimistic and distrustful but I simply ask you very simple question, when our Nation is in deep aftermaths of “war against terror”, when there are still 7 million people roofless after floods, when there are “daily deaths” due to some “mis-tracked missile” or drone attack, When there’s still a “soft” military operation going on in “some” areas of country. When the “target killing” is an integral part of the news, and when there’s alarming crisis of gas and electricity. When there’s “hot” debate on our “identity” and “ideology” What do we need to adapt?? What do we need to follow?? what do we need to celebrate?? where are we heading to?? What are we getting ready for??
Happy Halloween to All Cool Dudes and Hawwt Chicks!!!