Basant / Jashan-e-baharaan is one of the most popular and colorful festivals in Pakistan. It is a kite flying event that tends to have a lot of self-decided competitions. It is celebrated in the month of February, symbolizing a welcome to the spring. Although the festival is famous all over the country, the province of Punjab is the center of major activity especially the city of Lahore. People gather in Lahore to witness the biggest basant festival of the country. This festival is celebrated all over the city especially in the “Andaroon-e-Shehr (The inner City or the Walled city) area. This is the ancient part of the city characterized by small streets and old architecture. Roof tops are filled with people, kites, and colors, while the air echoes the music. Every time a kite gets cut by the rival, the winning group shouts the phrase of victory “Bo Kataa” (the kite got cut). Along with its beauties, the festival brings its darker sides as well including numerous death and injuries resulting from hard glass strings, roof falls, and celebratory gun shots.
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