Pakistan Local Customs

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Pakistan Local Customs

  • Culture

    Lahore Local Customs

    Well, it pretty much a well-known fact that women in Pakistan many times are expected to cover their heads...especially in mosques! But...here I was walking around the Badshai Mosque in Lahore and I saw several Pakistani women not covering their heads! I felt very confused...otherwise I would say it is a must in mosques...

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  • Islamaic Traditions

    Karachi Local Customs

    The "Feast of Sacrifice" and a fleeing animal lover's escape: This festival concludes the pilgrimage to Mecca ("Hajj"), begins on the 10th of the last month of the Islamic calendar & lasts for 3 days. The festival commemorates Abraham's willingness to obey God by sacrificing his only son. Any family that can afford it will buy a goat, sheep or...

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  • Don't Star at Women

    Islamabad Local Customs

    dont stare women They will kill u.just kidding Most of them dont know the english language but some do In these places u cant find nice and fancy restaurants cuz the local people over there have opened those restaurants and they are interested in the quality of food not on the outside look of the hotel. but the food is very delicious

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  • Hand Shakes & Hugs

    Peshawar Local Customs

    Meet people by shaking hands (not necessary for female foreiners). Tipping averages between 10 to 20% of the bill depending upon the service. Lady travellers should avoid travelling in shorts or any other brief outfits. Try to get a 'Shalwar Kamiz' (local dress). If you visit a place, take some candies for kids and the people will love you for...

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  • Do not shake hand with women

    Naran Local Customs

    Do not shake hands with women as they do not like it. They would get away from you even if you try to talk with them. Don't even try to take their photograph as they feel offended and your camera might be taken away by their men. These men are very agressive and you might get in trouble so be aware.

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  • Dress Properly

    Nathia Gali Local Customs

    You must dress properly. Locals would not be happy if you not dress properly. Considering you as guest , they might not say any thing to you but in reality then feel very uncomfortable with that. You should cover your body parts. Sleeveless shirts and shorts are not welcomed at all.

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  • Clothing

    Pakistan Local Customs

    We were told not long after arrival in Pakistan that we should both wear shalwar kameez! Shorts are definitely not a good thing to wear, for men or women, and skirts, even long ones, make climbing in and out of tuk-tuks quite tricky (tuk tuk floors are a lot higher in Pakistan than in India I noticed!). We both finally bought shalwar kameez in...

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  • Shaking Hands with women

    Lahore Local Customs

    Pakistan is an Islamic state and men shaking hands with women is not apriciated however if the lady her self show her hand to greet than you may also shake hand but it is quite rare.It is better to say 'Salam' incase you cant say the complete greeting i.e, 'Aslam-u-aleakum' this act is considered as act of respect and honour towards women.

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  • Give Flowers as a Gift

    Islamabad Local Customs

    Flowers are expression of love. They show your care and respect for others. In last couple of years a new trend of giving bouquets to your friends and relatives on special events has started. You can say that in other words bouquets are expected on such events. There are two beautiful flower markets in Islamabad. These are located in Super Market...

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  • Bazaars

    Peshawar Local Customs

    As I left my hotel, I noticed a guy running after a rickshaw that had these carpets on top. I though, how strange, and paused to watch. THen a couple more guys joined in, and I figured no way could someone make a getaway in a rickshaw. I was right and the rickshaw turned around and parked outside a shop. A big crowd formed, and a couple guys were...

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  • Do not shake hands with women

    Nathia Gali Local Customs

    Pakistan is an Islamic country. Men are not allowed to shake hands with women. People of NWFP province are especially very religious and as well as conservative. Women of Nathiagali are really hardworking. They collect woods from forest for cooking as well as do all house hold work. Here are few tips that would help you for sutre when you are...

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  • Culture

    Pakistan Local Customs

    I don't think I saw a single truck in the whole of Pakistan that wasn't decorated to some extent. Most of them are gorgeously painted in a variety of eye-searing colours, and often have huge overhanging canopies over the cab, which must add lots of weight not to mention drag - and then there's the vast quantities of scrap metal, formed into chains...

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  • Language Barrier

    Lahore Local Customs

    You may encounter a bit of problem communicating with street food vendors and with drivers of vans and rickshaws. In this situation, just request for help of anybody around you, he will be more than happy to interpret for you. English is second language in Pakistan and is widely spoken in the cities only.

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  • Women Traveller

    Pakistan Local Customs

    Segregation of the sexes is much more prominent in Pakistan than in neighboring India. If you're coming straight over the Wagha border, you may find the gender separation a relief after battling unruly mixed crowds in any major Indian city. In Pakistan, you can expect ladies only seats on the bus and ladies lines at ticket counters. This is...

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  • Bargaining

    Lahore Local Customs

    When you shop in the Bazaars of Lahore (or any Bazaar in Pakistan for that matter) you will notice that mostly there are no price tags on the items for sale. The reason is, that the price is very "flexible" there. For Westeners (Goras) and even Pakistanis who live in the West (like myself) the initial prices are usually higher than those for...

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  • People

    Pakistan Local Customs

    In American culture and many other Western cultures, staring is considered very rude. My fellow travelers, be ready for the stares in Pakistan! They are very curious people and interested in things that are different. Although they do have some tourists, due to the political instability, they do not see many foreigners, and they find foreigners to...

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  • National Language - Urdu

    Pakistan Local Customs

    I guess this is a universal travel tip, but I proved its worth while travelling in Pakistan. It really helped break down cultural barriers by having a few Urdu phrases up your sleeve. I won a Hindi-Urdu phrasebook in a competition in Australia and it proved really useful to get me started. The pronunciation is so hard to get from a book but once...

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  • Language

    Urdu is the national language of Pakistan.for tourists to learn some words can be a lot helpful.For Thank you-"Shukrya".for greeting people u can say Salam or just Aslam_u_alaikum.for asking the direction u can say Kahan ha + name? of the place.for asking price of any thing u can say Kitnae ka ha? while pointing towards that thing.counting from one...

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  • Fantastically Decorated Trucks!

    I don't think I saw a single truck in the whole of Pakistan that wasn't decorated to some extent. Most of them are gorgeously painted in a variety of eye-searing colours, and often have huge overhanging canopies over the cab, which must add lots of weight not to mention drag - and then there's the vast quantities of scrap metal, formed into chains...

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  • Wear Shalwar Kameez

    We were told not long after arrival in Pakistan that we should both wear shalwar kameez! Shorts are definitely not a good thing to wear, for men or women, and skirts, even long ones, make climbing in and out of tuk-tuks quite tricky (tuk tuk floors are a lot higher in Pakistan than in India I noticed!). We both finally bought shalwar kameez in...

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  • Funeral custom

    Thanks, Besal! I used to sign Death Certificates in Washington State for seven years and sometimes talk to funeral directors. They sometimes tell me that they are embalming the body because the family wants to be buried in Vietnam or in the Philippines, etc. These are regulated by county because of Public Health- human remains should be embalmed or...

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  • Look Out for Ladies' Only Signs

    Segregation of the sexes is much more prominent in Pakistan than in neighboring India. If you're coming straight over the Wagha border, you may find the gender separation a relief after battling unruly mixed crowds in any major Indian city. In Pakistan, you can expect ladies only seats on the bus and ladies lines at ticket counters. This is...

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  • What to Expect at a Pakistani Wedding

    If you've been invited to a Pakistani wedding, you may be wondering how people can celebrate for three or four days continuously. Here's what you can expect when attending a Pakistani wedding.Mayun and MehndiCouples may or may not choose to celebrate mayun, which usually takes place the day before the mehndi. The mehndi celebration is by the far...

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  • Staring

    In American culture and many other Western cultures, staring is considered very rude. My fellow travelers, be ready for the stares in Pakistan! They are very curious people and interested in things that are different. Although they do have some tourists, due to the political instability, they do not see many foreigners, and they find foreigners to...

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  • Proper Wedding Gifts or General Gifts...

    Hello.Its customary to gift money in marriage ceremonies. Go to a bank or money exchange and have the US D cashed in PK Rupees. I would say the proper amount to give would be about 1,000 to 3,000 Rs. as a gift. But it would be best for you to gift 1,000 Rs. to the bride and groom at the actual ceremony day. Then give 500 or 1,000 Rs. to the woman...

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  • Fly a kite, battle for air superiority...

    Thousands of kite lovers celebrate the famous and traditional Bassant Festival in Lahore by flying kites, battling kites in the skies for air superiority, wearing colorful clothes, arranging parties and musical shows. Public parks and rooftops get crowded with revellers. Hundreds of thousands of kites make it to the air and people use their...

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  • SOCIAL

    The Pakistani way of life is leisurely, and old-fashioned politeness is essential. Warm hospitality is the norm. The country has a deeply individual national character, although each province has its own traditions and folklore. Smoking is prohibited in some public places and it is polite to ask permission before lighting a cigarette. It is common...

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  • Remove shoes

    When visiting Mosques you must remove your shoes. Dont worry, you will get them back. The minders have amazing systems to know who's shoes belong to who. When I collected my shoes after visiting the mosque in Lahore, the minders had my shoes to me in less than a minute - amidst hundreds of pairs.

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  • when in rome.....

    always remember you are in a islamic country respect this and you will get respect back always wear clothes covering your arms and legs especially women dress like the locals to save stares and comments.the locals have no concept of joining a queue in a shop they walk to the front and demand to be served they are from a different culture and dont...

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  • HENNA'D HANDS

    If you are a woman and in Pakistan during Ramadan and Eid, you must - at the end of Ramadan - get your hands hennared. Its so much fun and a very traditional thing to do. Buy new clothes, shoes, and henna. The girls who apply this henna are so experienced and very artistic. I must say tho' I did not like one of my hand designs. Next time i will be...

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  • Slugging it out on the cricket pitch

    While Pakistan and India have spent most of the last half century bickering with each other and glowering across fragile ceasefire lines, the one thing that unites them is their love of cricket. The Pakistanis have never forgotten the drubbing they gave the Indians when their batsmen scored heavily in a six-match series nearly 25 years ago. One of...

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  • Eating and Visiting Etiquette

    Its considered polite to offer and accept food and drink with the left hand and use your right hand when eating(common sense). The left hand is used when removing dirty shoes and in the toilet area. If you are invited to someones home( i had the privledge) dress modestly and be extremely polite and bring a small gift such as sweets or flowers....

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  • Religious Etiquette

    Islamic countries vary with their rules for who can and cant enter a mosque, if in doubt ask a local person. Remove your shoes before entering mosques(common sense) and tip the local shoe keeper 5 rupees when you leave the mosque. Loud and intrusive behavior is not tolerated as is smoking, displays of affection, walking in front of a person praying...

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  • Dress Matters

    The way in which you dress is going to have a dramatic impact on how you are perceived by locals. Revealing a little skin as possible is the way to go for both sexes. Long, loose, nonreavling clothes should be worn by everyone. One recommended option is the shalwar kameez (traditional clothes) which is really cheap to purchase. Women should always...

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  • Dos and Donts

    Pakistanis are known for their hospitality towards visitors and your appreciation will be registered if you respect local customs. While you are not expected to get everything right common sense and courtesy will get you a long way. If you are unsure of how to act in certain settings ie mosques or bazaars, ask someone or watch what the locals do....

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  • Dress Code in Pakistan

    Bonjour Mes Amis,Better to wear local clothes during the visit to Pakistan whether you're travelling in south ( Lahore, Multan, Islamabad and Peshawar) or north ( Chitral, Hunza or Skardu).It consists of Shalwar, Kamees (Loose trouser and long shirt) and Duppata (thin shawl) for ladies.The best way to see the culture and to enjoy te hospitality of...

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  • Some tips

    As general rule : respect the local culture/traditions.For ladies, wear loose clothes while in Pakistan.Summer is very hot so wear cotton cloths...but it is pleasant in mountain areas.The people are very generous, friendly and always ready to help the foreigners. (don`t believe American media...). They often invite you at tea (and if it is meal...

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  • Not everything is straight forward.....

    Not everything is straight forward as it seems. For example', if you open a packet of biscuits & offer one to the person sitting next to you he will probably refuse to take it, not because he doesn't want it, but because it is not considered polite to accept the first time. Islamic codes of hospitality are great one is obliged to offer & it is one...

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  • Colourful Trucks

    Art on the wheels - - the trucks in Pakistan are very beautifully decorated and richly painted with miniature paintings of animals, birds, flowers, historic buildings etc. You will hardly find such uniquely painted colourful truck on any other part of the globe.

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  • Respect & Honor for the Women in...

    Women are respected & cherished in Pakistan. They have a pleasure to walk to the head of the queue, or to be given the only seat which rarely happens in Europe but a woman's life is far more restricted in Pakistan that we are used to here in the west & a lack of theirrights in such cases as rape & divorce which horrify many of us. As female...

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  • Pakistani Hospitality....

    In Pakistan you will be treated as an honorable guest . This is not just an empty phrase, but part of the Pakistan tradition of hospitality. You will be invited into the homes & offered endless cups of tea. Pakistanis usually have beautiful manners, so just relax, slow down and take the time to enjoy them & learn the local customs. Try always to...

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  • Friendly People

    Now before I left i read a guidebook that held the time-worn phrase 'Pakistan is home to some of the friendliest people in the world' at which I though..... hmm, nice sentiment but a bit cliche, a bit broad brushed and warm & fuzzy.By the end of the trip I found it to be the case 1000%! I have an album of me standing with Taxi drivers, airport...

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  • Learn some basic Urdu

    I guess this is a universal travel tip, but I proved its worth while travelling in Pakistan.It really helped break down cultural barriers by having a few Urdu phrases up your sleeve. I won a Hindi-Urdu phrasebook in a competition in Australia and it proved really useful to get me started.The pronunciation is so hard to get from a book but once I...

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  • Salwar Khameez

    In the Northern Terretories there is not a strict dresscode for women, but as you get further south, you can feel uncomfortable wearing shortsleeve shirts. I started wearing longsleeved everyday. But that was not the only thing, I also started feeling uncomfortable in my long pants. All the pakistani women wear Salwar Khameez - a tunic worn over...

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  • Pakistani men wears hat...

    Pakistani men wears hat usualyy which is made of wool. It must be warm even in mountain side. Roll down brim and cover your ears.

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