They say home is where the heart is and we could not agree more. We may be living oceans away from Pakistan but our hearts belong there, reminding us of our roots, culture & traditions.
Here are 4 Pakistani traditions that stay with you forever.
One does not simply celebrate meethi Eid without a traditional dessert. Our personal favorites are Sheer Korma, Khoya Wala Zarda or Shahi Tukrey. Not to forget the sweet aroma that follows next. That’s when your home smells like Eid!
Who else remembers fighting with their siblings over setting up the iftari dastarkhawan? And yes, the struggle was real if you had to do it post Iftar. We still do that! But these little fights and banters are nothing in comparison to the feeling of celebrating togetherness and good wholesome desi food. Ramzan is incomplete without it.
Growing up in Pakistan, having biryani on every Friday was a standard ritual for almost every household. Or it was Sunday for some. We take our biryani (without ilaichi) very seriously, here across the border too. So much that our special National biryani is now the most popular dish amongst all our foreign friends and neighbors. Move over diamonds, because biryani is forever!
Bakra Eid and BBQ parties go hand in hand. Actually, they never end. Even years after leaving Pakistan, the great BBQ marathon is what we like to call it. Seekh kebabs, Afghani boti, Namkeen gosht, hunter beef and the list goes on and on.
Some traditions never get old, because the joy and warmth they bring to our lives is worth more than any diamond or gold.
Long live our traditions, long live Pakistan!