Hicksville celebrates Pakistani culture

September 19, 2017 by  

Pakistani-Americans in Hicksville recently held a festival to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence, as well as the culture of the Asian nation.

This is the third year for the festival, which featured food, music, dancing, and a march, as well as a game show with Pakistani celebrities taking part. Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the day.

Selden resident Saadi Kamal noted that Pakistan is a country full of colors and spice, adding the festival is an opportunity to explain Pakistani culture to others. He also said it is a way for Pakistani-Americans to show their love for their adopted country, as well as their Long Island communities.

Attendees dressed in the colorful traditional dress of Pakistan in vivid shades of orange, red, pink, and turquoise. Rafia Rafiq came to Hicksville from Karachi to emcee the event. Rafiq is a dentist, as well as the host of a morning show. She felt it was important for her to make the trip to attend, to encourage young Pakistani-Americans to learn about their heritage.

Hempstead’s town clerk, Nasrin G. Ahmad, said the festival was also an opportunity to set the record straight about women in Pakistan being treated poorly. Instead, he pointed to the women at the festival who were openly marching with the men and taking part in the day.

Events like this can be enhanced if organizers create flyers to hand out, explaining the traditions and culture being celebrated.