Pakistan Everyday Life

Pakistan Spider trees

Pakistani food differs by region

Since Pakistan has long been part of India, Pakistani cuisine is very similar to Indian. But there are differences and some dishes and cooking styles also differ within Pakistan. For example, people in West Pakistan like to eat very spicy, but not at all in the North.

Pakistani food also means more meat

In general, people in Pakistan eat a lot of meat, significantly more than in India. Typical ingredients are vegetables such as eggplant or potatoes, legumes and rice. Popular dishes are curry and kebab. There is usually tea with it, because it is the Pakistani national dish. Alcohol is extremely rare as the Muslim faith forbids it. For more information about Pakistan and Asia, please visit ehistorylib.

Note when eating:

In Pakistan you only eat with your right hand, as the left hand is considered unclean. This is the case in many Asian countries and also applies to left-handers.

Spider trees

Take a look at the pictures under the text. It looks a bit like there is gigantic cotton candy on it, doesn’t it? But actually these are trees covered with spider webs. But what are all the spiders doing and are they always living in the trees?

The spider tree phenomenon was triggered by a flood disaster that occurred in Pakistan in 2010. At that time there was extreme rainfall. It rained as much for a few weeks as it usually did for ten years. A fifth of the entire Pakistani national territory was covered by water and flooded villages, fields and roads. People had to find a new place to live and left the flooded areas. But other living things were also looking for a new place to live, including a lot of spiders. Because they are not big fans of moisture. Fearing the water, they climbed the tops of the trees and built a new home for themselves. This is how the spider trees came into being in Pakistan.

Pakistan Spider trees

The camel fight

One tradition in Pakistan that has actually been banned is camel fighting. The animals are lavishly decorated and then let loose on each other. They fight each other until one is on the floor. Camels are actually very peaceful. In order for them to fight each other, they are incited and beaten by men. This cruel tradition is particularly common in the Punjab region. Such a fight attracts crowds of onlookers who cheer the suffering animals and make bets. These viewers also like to bet money, which is why the fights continue.

Honor killings and corrupt justice

Honor killing persisted in Pakistan, along with other outdated traditions. Although it is officially banned, it is still carried out. Organizations even report that Pakistan is the country where most honor killings are carried out in the world. Most of the time, perpetrators are not held accountable. Murders of women in particular are not punished, because many are of the opinion that women are the property of the man and that he can treat her as he wants.

In honor killing, women and girls are often punished for allegedly doing something that harms the family’s honor. Sometimes it is enough to have a friend here. Often the fathers or the brothers are the perpetrators. They kill the girl or woman to restore family honor. They see this as intentional and not a crime.

Cricket

When the English occupied what is now Pakistan, they brought with them a lot of their own culture. In addition to food, language and techniques, they also had a sport in their luggage that everyone in England knows: the game of cricket. Both Indians and Pakistanis inherited their passion for this sport in what was then still a common area. You played on the street, regardless of whether you were a Muslim, Hindu or Sikhwas. To this day, cricket is more than just a sport, as it enabled the warring countries India and Pakistan to come together politically after the separation. Friendlies were held and in this way they remembered their common past. Cricket cannot bridge the gap between countries, but it can build bridges.