Pakistan: Land of simplicity, hospitality and generosity
Join us as we learn about the people and diverse culture of the beloved homeland of our sisters in Pakistan as revealed through the eyes of Loretto’s newest novice, Pakistani native Maribah Ishaq:
“Sociology says that a culture is a collective term that encompasses the social behavior of a group of people as well as knowledge, belief, art and habits. I would like to apply this term to my country Pakistan. The culture of Pakistan is very diversified because of its rich history and a number of great events that shaped its present beliefs and morals. Pakistani culture is very modest in many ways, but because of fake social media news outlets, it has gained a bad reputation, and people do not always see the real beauty of my country.
“Food, art and poetry are what I believe shows the best of our country. Punjab, from where I belong, is known as a land of Sufis. When someone comes to our house to visit us, we give the best of the best that we can offer our guests: the best food, best environment and the best hospitality. Festivals that are celebrated in memory of the historical events give life to the culture, and so we can transfer our heritage to future generations as well. These are not only festivals — these are the remembrance of all those things that our forefathers and foremothers have been through. Pakistan also has many artists. We pride ourselves on our handwoven clothes, carpets, painted pottery, embroidered bags, shoes, art pieces and carpentry. Wherever we go, beauty and art can be seen everywhere.
“When we go to meet someone, we try to take the best for them. Food is one of the things that fills us with pride. Different foods enriched with natural spices, and colors attract the heart of the people. Usually everyone we visit will taste the food that we bring. This is a culture that also values and celebrates living together. Every evening most families sit together to eat and share about their day. Laughter, joy and a sense of belonging can easily be seen in conversations. This happens in my family, and it is a joy for everyone. This is the art and beauty of a family, where we share food, experiences and our lives with each other.
“What I believe is necessary is that everyone needs an eye to see beauty and colors everywhere. Sometimes this is hard. But for me, my country is blessed with so many things about which people from other countries do not realize. I think the best of my country is its simplicity, hospitality and generosity. I love my country Pakistan.”