Lahore Basant 2009 celebrations likely after change of govt: KFA 34

KFA president hopes Basant will be celebrated as Governor Taseer in favourkiteflyingassociationLAHORE: There are bright chances of celebrating Basant and preparations for the festival have commenced with the change in the provincial administrative setup, Kite-Flying Association (KFA) officials told Daily Times on Thursday.

The KFA has been campaigning for Basant since months, and held several meetings with senior government officers, including the home secretary and the law minister, but could not convince them to allow the celebrations for the spring festival. On Tuesday, the association protested at the Lahore Arts Council against the Punjab government’s decision to continue the ban imposed on kite-flying.

By Ali Usman


KFA: The association said Governor Salmaan Taseer was in favour of celebrating Basant, and they were hopeful the city would be allowed to celebrate the festival on March 1. KFA President Khawaja Nadeem said the festival was closely associated with the city’s culture. The KFA general secretary said people from Dubai, Europe and US were coming to celebrate Basant, adding that there was no concept of celebrating the festival without flying kites. He said preparations for Basant could be finished in a very short span of time if the sale of kites and string was allowed. “The hurdles in the way of celebrating Basant have gone with the change in government,” he added.

Eminent artist Dr Ejaz Anwar, who has depicted the essence of Basant in his paintings, said the festival was a celebration of the spring season and was not associated with the Indian culture. He said night Basant should not be allowed, adding that police could monitor the activities during the day. Citing safety reasons, he said aerial firing and use of prohibited string should not be allowed.

National Sufi Council Vice-Chairman Yousuf Salahuddin said Basant had the potential to become one of the largest festivals of the world. He said the festival could be used for improving the country’s image if strict administrative measures were taken. He said Basant could be related to Urs of Madhoo Lal Hussain, adding the government should plan ahead for next year’s Basant. He said the government could invite 500 tourists to the event, and the number could be increased gradually. He said it was a Punjabi festival, and the government should take measures to make it a big festival instead of imposing a ban on it.

Basant is being celebrated in Gujranwala, Wazirabad and Faisalabad on Friday, and the night Basant would also be observed there. Daily Times, 26-Feb-09


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34 thoughts on “Lahore Basant 2009 celebrations likely after change of govt: KFA

  • Nayyar Hashmey

    Basant is a festival that augurs the coming of spring, just like Besakhi (now renamed as Wahdi festival) is the end of harvesting season. Such seasonal festivals are part of people’s psyche. Might be that some incident have had been associated with some “kafir” but as far as I know seasonal festivals have no religion. They are just an expression of peoples’ wish to enjoy, to celebrate and to emancipate themselves at least once a year to forget their stress, their worries and their day to day problems.
    However, one thing which needs caution is: that the killer string should be banned or some exclusive area / s be declared open for kite flying.
    The other day Mian Yousuf Salahuddin sitting amongst the “Golden Girls” of a Pakistani TV channel said that if people get killed in kite flying, what then; lot of people get killed in traffic accidents too. That’s really a callous approach. Human life is precious, and its loss cannot be condoned nor excused on any pretext. But that does not mean that we should stop observing a seasonal festival.
    There is lot of extremism in our country (It’s another matter who has been at or still is at the roots of this problem) and it is damaging our country’s security. We need to direct our youth towards activities which draw them away from extremism, from narco-usage or indulging in other nefarious activities. Basant allows them an occasion where they can at least once a year be with themselves. 

  • umair

    lahore mai basant kab hai?ab tu gugnwala,kasoor ,faislabad hr jaga ho gai hai …………….lahore ka saath lagta hai punjab govt ki dushmani hai………………..

  • Umar

    I think its on 1st March. I also heard that KFA is  asking government to delay it to 8 March as its too early and people cant be ready so soon .

  • "Wanted Guys"

    A-O-A, Ham chahte hen k 28th feb ki night basant ho, yeh sar-a-sar na-insafi hai, har shehr mien basant hoi, lahore mein b honi chahiye, jo basant k khilaf  hai wo ham mein se nahi, wo lahori h nai, so plzz aj basant honi chahiyea Wanted Guys.
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  • Shahzada Adeel

    KFA please announce the new date of basant and publicize it so that  people of lahore who seems to be sleepy regarding this festival can make arrangements as they did in the previous years.

  • Najeeb

    basant is a festival of color….. and kite flying is the key of  Basant… Govt. should allowed to celebrat Basant… we are not only against that rough meterrial but also protst for it…… as far as kite flying is cnern v r not sayng to allow it 4 ever, but saying 2 allow only 4 two days….

  • Muhammad Azam

    hi i am pakistani and muslim our great log basant ko bohat sock se manate the har saal pure punjab mein basant hoti hai magar lahore mein nahi hoti meri govt authorities se iltja hai k aap 8th march 2009 ko lahore mein basant ka order jari karain please.

  • sunny

    in lahore basant honi chaheyeh.basant ka maza lahore may hai.basant lahore ki jaan plz basant honi cheheyeh.ab tu har jaga basant ho gai hai.

  • Arman Bukhari

    Latest news yeh hai k mujhey ek kite dealer ne bataya hai k Wednesday 11th March ko shop khul jayen gi. Allah karey aisa ho jaye.

  • Jawad

    I heard yesterday that Basant 2009 is this weekend, 14th and 15th March. Is it true?! Guys let’s make this a memorable basant and celebrate as much as we can; show the world that we are a fun loving nation. Cheers!

  • JT

    salam EverY One …… yar meray dostoo tension lenay ki koi zerurat nahi hai … basant inshallah 14th ki rat koo or 15th ko start HoOoO Gi … Pher BHi sub dua kero keh basant hooo gaye abhi jo mulk keh halat hain mhushlak tu hai basnat ka hona … mager alan tu hooo gaya hia keh basant hoo gi .. Pher BHi nanday ka koi pata lagta hai!

  • Sajid khan

    kya yar Basant ho rahe ha lakin kya aap samghty ho k is haaal main hum ko basant manaeee chayee jab mulk k yah hal chal raha ha or itneee mahangayee chal rahee ha khanay k paisy nhi ha or log is fazool or jan lewa khail main paisy barbad ker rahy hain plzzzzzzzz avoid it yar………..

  • Mudassar


  • zara

    hey em zara 4rm lhr bsnt lhr me honi chahiye or ho k rahy gii plzz aiq hi to lhr me fastival hota vo to hony deeen plzzzz


    hy i am talha basnat lahore mai zahroor honi chahiye or ho kar rahe kar rahe gi ye din one year badd ata hai is din insaan kucch rahte hai or kite flying karte hai

  • farrukh khan

    As the other persons commints about basant festival my openion is also with them its a festival and the only thing it keeps provide us joy,pleasure and the most important is thing is reduce distence but its also causes of innocent childerns death because only for enjoyment we cant waste human life