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Celebrations in London for Pakistan Independence Day

The pictures below were taken during the Pakistan Festival which took place in London on Saturday 28th July 2007. The street parade was followed by a festival in Trafalgar Square. This was a special celebration because in 2007 it was 60 years since Pakistan declared independence on 14th August 1947. Before 1947 Pakistan was part of India, which was under British control at that time. Two regions which had a Muslim majority separated, forming West Pakistan (now known simply as Pakistan), and East Pakistan (this is now Bangladesh).

There is a large Pakistani community in Britain, including over 100,000 people in London.

Pakistan comes to Piccadilly: in 2007 it is
60 years since Pakistan declared independence

Officials join the front of the parade

Cricket is big in Pakistan

Music is performed by Pakistan's
Patiala Pipe Band ...

... and by the UK's
Band of the Life Guards

There is much flag-waving, both by the men ...

... and by the ladies

Dancing to the sound of dholak drumming

Three-wheeler rickshaw

Pakistan is known for its truck art ...

... with vehicles decorated colourfully

The parade passes Piccadilly Circus ...

... and ends up in front of the National Gallery

Arriving in Trafalgar Square:
in sight of Nelson's Column ...

... where a stage is set up
for a festival of music and dance


- This event was organised by the High Commission for Pakistan in the UK:
- To send a free e-card for Pakistan Independence Day, see:

The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan
Author: Yasmin Khan
Publisher: Yale University Press
Date: June 2007
Pakistan Insight Guide (guidebook)
Publisher: APA Publications Pte Ltd
Date: January 2007

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