If there is a country whose culture is starkly contrasted by its international image, it has to be Pakistan. Pakistanis all over the world often face the dilemma of explaining what their culture really entails, thanks to years of news-media exaggeration and agenda setting.
Beyond democratic and economic disappointment dwells a world of Pakistani civil society that works resiliently against all odds to keep what matters most intact: the country’s vibrant culture. Let’s try to get to know Pakistan a little better.
Thanks to its historical, geographical and ethnic diversity, Pakistan’s culture is a melting pot of Persian, Central Asian, South Asian and Western Asian influences. There are over 15 major ethnic groups in Pakistan, which differ in physical features, historical bloodlines, customs, dress, food and music.
Some of these include Punjabis, Sindhis, Baloch, Pashtuns, Kashmiris, Hazaras, Makranis and Baltis, coming from regions as close to home as the Indus Valley or as far as Africa or Tibet. Other than ancient ethnic elements, the religious influence of Islam has also strongly shaped Pakistani culture since it first came to the region in AD 700.
Ever since the country has effectively defeated the terrorism, many foreign tourists have started to pour in the country and cherished its unraveling beauty. However, exploration of Pakistan is not confined to just foreign vloggers and tourists but also international celebrities who are now desperately waiting to visit the places and get the experience of its cultural dynamics.
Didem Balçın, a famous Turkish film and tv actress, more popularly known as Selcan Hatun from her character played in a much loved series, Dirilis: Ertugrul, has recently tweeted that she is in love with the Balochi dress, that she wore for the scenes in the said series.
Didem says that the Baloch culture originates from Alepoo, Syria but it flourishes in Pakistan.
Didem has been expressing her willingness to visit Pakistan and now she has given some reasons of why she is feelin attracted to the country. Apart from the Pakistani Baloch dresses, she wants to experience the taste of Lahore, a soup-like form made by hooves of a cow or goat served with naan, a very popular Pakistani dish normally enjoyed in the breakfast.
Didem has a great following in Pakistan ever since her show, Ertugrul was played in Pakistan with Urdu dubbing and her fans would certainly be delighted with the news of her arrival.