Analyzing the food culture and trends and traditional of Lahore

Trends: – “something that going on in the society in that particular timeline and is accepted and copied by most of individual”

                    As far as trend is concerned it is something that is being carried out in the society in a certain timeline and accepted and copied by most of the members of that society. Trends is mostly set by celebrities or high class people and other copy that thing from them. Trend is for a short time and can be easily change and converted. For example people eat fast food most be of shortage of time and now it’s a trend to eat fast food people did not prefer to eat local food 

Traditional: – “That world drive from tradition its mean riwaj. Some kind of social behavior that exists in a society for a long time (100 years our 1000 years). It is transferred into generations to generation as a part of their lifestyle.

Food culture: – By definition refers to the practices, attitudes, and beliefs as well as the networks and institutions surrounding the production, distribution, and consumption of food.

That’s a mouth full so let’s break it down food culture is the connection, beliefs, and experience we have with food and our food system. It incorporates our cultural heritage and ethnicity, but is not limited to it.

Lets talk about Lahore the capital of the Punjab province of Islamic state of Pakistan

Lahore, City known as Paris of the east, is one of the most developed cities of Islamic State of Pakistan

The city of Lahore sometimes known as cultural capital of Pakistan, has a very rich history. It has been ruled by Hindu Shahi, Ghaznavids, Sulaten-e-dehli,Mughals and British empire. The city always held an importance throughout the history, it has been serving as capital of Punjab for a long time.

The culture of Lahore is a manifestation of the lifestyle,  literature, language, politics,festivals,music. cuisine and socio-economic conditions of its people. It is result of the blending of South Asian, Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Western Cultures as every ruler empire left an impact on city’s culture . Lahore’s culture is unique in its every single quality. North-west of Lahore contains the heart of Lahore – its original cultural property. Here we have mosques, forts, gateways, residential buildings, palaces, tombs, alleyways and open square. These buildings are coupled with the traditional cultural activities and social relationships. Hence enhancing the character of the Walled City with its famous buildings and bazaars.

The city culture is very enhancing and very mesmerising. The City is rich of historical monuments those which clearly have a huge impact on its culture. The great Masjids, Forts clearly depict the remains of a Great Islamic Empire. The tombs of saints clearly tells how the Sufism and Islam has effected the culture of the city. The language being spoken in Lahore is Punjabi that is also rich in literature. Several saints and poets have contributed to the rich literature of the language, Baba Bhuly Shah’s poetry and Mia Waris Shah’s Heer are famous all arround the world and both used Punjabi language for preaching their idealoyy. Next comes the dressing, Lahore culture has a number of dresses and styles, from dhoti to kurta pajama and from lungi to Sherwani, different types of dresses are being used. The city has a variety of dresses and new trends are also being follows by the inhabitants.

Mughal period has a clear influence on the art of the city. The historical monuments and buildings of Lahore stand as examples of Mughal art and architecture. However, the heritage also has a slight influence of other nations like Aryans, Arabs, Persians, British even shikhs.

Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Shalimar Gardens, Nur Jehan’s Tomb, Tomb of Jahangir and that of Anarkali, The Lahore Museum, Chauburji  and Bagh-e-Jinnah are some the major architectural works found in Lahore.

The art galleries of Lahore are filled number of artefacts belonging to the Mughal period.  Artwork of other contemporary people are also exhibited in the art galleries of the city.

City culture has adaptation for other cultures as nowadays Bahria Town Housing Scheme in Lahore are themed on ancient Egyptian culture. 

Alhambra cultural complex, a building with several theatres and amphitheatre is a place where you’ll find the true picture of the culture.

Lahore is also the centre of Pakistan’s puppetry industry. The city is famous for its theatrical performances arround the world.

City has produced some of the country’s most famous painters, writers, actors and musicians. There are also several art galleries throughout the city which hold exhibitions regularly hence city is serving a great deed in area of arts and architecture.

Lahore is a city of melody and music. The city serves as music centre of the whole Eastern region with best singers and it is the hub of musical instruments.  Lahore’s Music ranges from the earthy qawwalis of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the pop sensations; Atif Aslam and Ali Zafar, the Sufi-Rock of Junoon, the Noor Jehan, Farida Khanum, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan and many more.

Along side this music the classic khathak and Mujra dances are also a part of the culture of Lahore.

If we’re talking about Lahore Culture how can we miss the festivals of the city. The people of Lahore celebrate many festivals and events those are a blending of different traditions. Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha are celebrated as Muslim festivals of joy. People illuminate the streets and houses with lights during public holidays to show their happiness. The mausoleum of Ali Hujwiri, also known as Data Ganj Bakhsh,  is located in Lahore, and an annual urs is held there every year as a big festival. Basant is a historical festival to celebrate the  spring. Lahore is centre of the Basant, hence people from all over the country  come to the city for the  festivities of Basant. Kite-flying competitions traditionally take place all over the city during Basant.

The National Horse and Cattle Show is one of the most famous activity that is carried out through a whole week.

Lahore is not only rich in culture but it is also very famous for its trends and copying several trends. The culture of Lahore is so versatile and vast that it easily adapts new trends of the age and serves as major hub for fashion industry.

. Lahori food is popular throughout the world . The city has it’s own unique taste and dishes that are different and mouth watering. Lets have a look on some of the best dishes of the city of the Kings.

. Lahori Paayas are cooked for hours and served with delicious sauces or nan. If you ever visit city never miss an opportunity to taste the Lahori Paayas as you’ll miss a heavenly taste. Lahore may not be a costal city but city do serve the best fried fish. To make this fish a special paste is used, which is made with the gram flour and several other spices.First the fish is marinated with paste and then deep fried in hot oil. Lets take kidney, testicles, brain and kidney of a goat or lamb. Let’s fry the savoury mixture of these organs with butter on a jumbo frying pan. Now we’ve the world famous Lahori Taka-tak. Sometimes vegetables are also used along meat. This dish might be a bit difficult to digest but it surely is one of the best dishes of the city. Well the crispy goal ghappy can water everyone’s mouth. In this small crispy gol gappy are filled with spiced yogurt  and channas along boiled potatoes. These crispy gol gappas are served with sweet and sour chatni making it a unique dish with best taste. Charga or known as Lahori Charga is one of most famous dishes of the city. It is an entire chicken immersed in unique spices, deep fried in hot oil. Before frying, the entire piece of chicken is supplemented with flavourings and then it is stored in the refrigerator for the full night.  This dish is taste of Lahore, unique and awesome. Some other dishes served in the city are dumba karahi, murag karahi, keema waly, naan, soups, halwas and other sweets

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