The purpose of the Pakistani Association of Columbus Indiana is to preserve and promote the rich culture of Pakistan in Columbus while serving as an interconnection of culture between the Pakistanis and Columbus community. We want to honor the diversity in Columbus, Indiana through celebrating our culture with other cultures and creating a strong network of unity within the people. We want to dedicate our organization towards the growing strand of diversity, while serving as a positive resource centre that welcomes everyone to the respectable multicultural atmosphere in Columbus, Indiana.
- Work for mutual benefit and promoting good ethical values.
- Promote the awareness of the Pakistani culture and promote unity members and the community that Columbus serves
- Help new Pakistani individuals / families to settle down and get awareness with Columbus, Indiana.
- Diversify membership through recruiting new members.
- Promote discussions on topics of national and international areas of interest members and as well as members of other organizations.
- Plan and coordinate social and cultural activities.
- Arrange special functions to share various Pakistani holidays with community.
The member of the association shall consist of any person (a) who is
born in Pakistan or have parents born in Pakistan and is a resident of
the state of Indiana or (b) may be elected time to time by the board
Every member of the association will be subjected to these Bylaws, and can enjoy all privileges afforded by the association.
Festivals & Celebrations Organized by Association
Pakistan’s Independence Day – August, 14th the day when Partition of India took place. In 2009, members gathered at Lake Monroe.
Pakistan appeared on the World map as the result of the independence from British India on August 14, 1947.
The revolution started in the aftermath of Indian rebellion of 1857, which culminated in 90 years of direct rule by the British Crown. The freedom struggle was led by the Indian National Congress and the All India Muslim League. The efforts were led by Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Gandhi respectively to coin a separate nation for Muslims and Hindus, hence Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Pakistan is divided into 4 provinces; Sind, Punjab, N.W.F.P (North West Frontier of Pakistan), and Baluchistan. Each province has a different language, culture, and tradition.
Pakistan is located in Central Asia neighboring with following countries.
- North East = China
- East / South East = India
- West = Iran
- North West = Afghanistan
- South (Arabian Sea)
Pakistan lies in the temperate zone. The climate is generally arid,
characterized by hot summers and cool or cold winters, and wide
variations between extremes of temperature at given locations. There is
little rainfall. These generalizations should not, however, obscure the
distinct differences existing among particular locations. For example,
the coastal area along the Arabian Sea is usually warm, whereas the
frozen snow-covered ridges of the Karakoram Range and of other mountains
of the far north are so cold year round that they are only accessible
by world-class climbers for a few weeks in May and June of each year.
Pakistan has are four seasons: a cool, dry winter from December through February; a hot, dry spring from March through May; the summer rainy season, or southwest monsoon period, from June through September; and the retreating monsoon period of October and November. The onset and duration of these seasons vary somewhat according to location.
The Pakistan flag depicts the following: green is a traditional Islamic color and the crescent and star are also Islamic symbols. The white stripe represents the non-Muslim, minority, religious groups in Pakistan. According to modern meaning, the green represents prosperity; white symbolizes peace; the white crescent represents progress; and the white star represents light and knowledge.
The National symbols of Pakistan are as follows;
- National Animal = Markhor
- National Bird = Chukar
- National Sports = Field Hockey and Polo.
- Most Popular Sport = Cricket
- National Flower = Jasmine
- National Tree = Deodar
- National Fruit = Mango
Pakistan has a total population of 165 Million living in 796,095 Sq KM area (around the size of California). The national language of Pakistan is Urdu which is a hybrid of Arabic and Persian. The majority of the population is Muslim about 95%, the remaining 5% include Hindus and Christians.
Customs, Traditions & Celebrations
Some of the Celebrations and Holidays are as follows;
- Islamic Holidays follow the lunar calendar which changes from year to year.
- Eid-ul-Fitar is a three day celebration after Ramadan.
- Eid-ul-Adha is a three day holiday after Hujj Pilgrimage
- Islamic New Year (Nov 9th)
- New Year (Jan 1st)
- Independence Day (14 August)
- Mohammad Ali Jinnah Birth Day (25 December)
- Pakistan Defense Day ( Sep 6th)
- Iqbal’s Birthday What is Independence Day
Pakistan’s Independence Day is observed on 14 August, the day when Partition of India took place. This was the partition of British India that led to the creation, on August 14, 1947 and August 15, 1947, respectively, of the sovereign states of the Dominion of Pakistan (later Islamic Republic of Pakistan and People’s Republic of Bangladesh) and the Union of India (later Republic of India).
The day is a national holiday in Pakistan. The day is celebrated all over the country with flag raising ceremonies, tributes to the national heroes and fireworks taking place in the capital, Islamabad. The main celebrations take place in Islamabad, where the President and Prime Minister raise the national flag at the Presidential and Parliament buildings. They deliver speeches that are televised live. In the speech, the leaders highlight the achievements of the government, goals set for the future and in the words of the father of the nation, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, bring “Unity, Faith and Discipline” to its people.
In Pakistan, the joint family system is very common. The joint family
usually comprises father, mother, children, grand father and mother, and
they live together in the same family unit. The governing male of the
house will play a significant role with respect to the well-being of his
family unit. Also, they give good care and take the responsibility to
guard their grandparents. Above all, they respect their folks and
grandparents! People in Pakistan dearly follow the joint family system
and live their life along with their folks.
Pakistan has a vibrant culture and varies from province to province. People of Pakistan enjoy life to its core by engaging in sports, sight seeing, and eating. The country also has a rich heritage in arts, music, dance, and poetry.
Meat, poultry, and seafood are more popular in Pakistan then vegetables. The food cooked is usually grilled or sautéed and is generally spicy.
Additional information regarding Pakistan may be found at:
Pakistani Restaurants in Indiana
4734 Century Plaza Rd, Indianapolis, IN, 46254.
Phone (317- 347-0598)
Magoo’s California Pizza:
4919 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254-3321.
Phone (317) 293-4411
Islamic Society of Columbus Indiana (ISCI):
2310 Chestnut Street
Columbus, IN 47201 — (812) 376-3205
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) :
6555 South 750 East, Plainfield, IN 46168.
Phone (317) 839-8157.
2846 Cold Springs Rd, Indianapolis, IN, 46222.
Phone (317) 923-2847
Pakistani Grocery Stores
1609C Cottage Ave, Columbus, IN 47201
Columbus Oriental Market:
1643 N National Rd, Columbus, IN 47201
Spice Land Asian Groceries:
4734 Century Plaza Rd, Indianapolis, IN, 46254
Phone: (317) 347-0198