Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Last post was about the functions in the Pakistani Weddings. How from engagement to Shaadi (Wedding itself) the time, environment is really important for the bride and the groom because its for one lifetime event of their life.

To start with I will talk about the Event 1 which is Engagement. 


Engagement often called *Mangni* is a promise to marry, and also the period of time between proposal and marriage. It is a formal ceremony to promise to marry. It is usually a small or large ceremony depending on the bride's and groom's parents. It happens in the presence of the preferably close members and family but again it depends on the bride and groom. Rings, other jewellery items, and, sweets are exchanged between the would be bride and groom's families.

Back in days bride and groom were not seated together and the rings were used to placed on the bride's finger by the groom's mother or sister and vice versa, but during the years now, segregated functions have become rare and rings are usually exchanged between the couple. Prayers and blessings for the couple are recited and the wedding date is decided too. The event is usually organized by the bride's family which will include delicious food and sweets.

There are some families that may not undergo a formal engagement party. they would do other methods after verbal acceptance of proposal can include gifting the girl with clothes, jewellery or any other items from the family. The boy may also gift her with an item of his choosing. This marks the beginning of the waiting period, which could be a few weeks, or months or even years for the wedding day and events to come.

This is an example for an engagement dress to look alike. There are many different types of dresses choices a girl can like it all depends on the latest fashion, style and colour what the future bride wants.  There is no specific colour choice but usually bright colours are preferred.

Keep tuned for next post about the Mayun! 

Much Love <3

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Pakistani Weddings

Pakistani Weddings, People who don’t know where Pakistan is here is the till intro about Pakistan.

Pakistan, an Islamic country located in South Asia and greater Middle East. It has a great culture with rich customs.

A typical Pakistani wedding is great feast of fun, joys, and celebrations. It is celebrated with a great enthusiasm. A Pakistani wedding is followed by several pre-wedding customs and rituals.

Note: Some of the customs followed in Pakistani weddings have no foundation in Islam. However, the Pakistani culture has been adopted those ceremonies and traditions from the Hindu Culture because when India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh were one country some customs and rituals were adopted by Muslims from the Hindu culture.

Pakistani wedding has four important functions which are required for sure. There are rests of the functions associated with four important functions.

Acceptance of Proposal
Event 1: Mangni (Engagement)

Pre- Wedding Days
Event 2: Mayun
Event 3: Dholki
Event 4: Mehndi (girls side)
Event 5: Mehndi (boys side)

Wedding Day
Event 6: Nikkah
Event 7: Baraat 

Post Wedding
Event 8: Walima/ Reception

Next week there will be in depth about Main events and rest of the functions associated with it.
Make sure you guys keep visiting 

Zainab <3

Some examples how colourful it looks :)
P.S these pictures are from the source GOOGLE.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

About Shades of Pakistan

This blog Shades of Pakistan is created to show people different sides of Pakistan. I agree politically and financially, the country is going through tough times but people enjoy their lives on a daily basis. The blog is made to show different types of things in Pakistan which is often neglected by media and other people because of the stereotyping and labeling Pakistan as a terrorist country. 

With the help of this blog people can check out how typical Pakistani wedding is, typical food, Pakistani television industry, and rest of the other stuff.

Note: This blog is solely based on opinions, it is not meant to hurt someone’s feelings and opinions. The blog is created just to show how Pakistan is a beautiful country. The culture, food, and people are just amazing. It is not intended to discriminate among other cultures, people, or anything else from which people can be offended. The pictures  on the blog has no copyright issues, some are taken by me and rest are either of my friends and people I know or taken from the source Google.

Thank you for visiting blog and you can visit my page on Facebook too. 

Much thanks

Zainab ♥