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Colour of Pakistan Mela

High Commission for Pakistan
Canberra

Press Release

Subject: Colours of Pakistan Mela

The Colours of Pakistan Mela was held to celebrate the festivities of Eid ul Fitr at the High Commission for Pakistan in Australia.

Various art work, handicrafts and artefacts from different regions of Pakistan were showcased to a packed capacity venue comprising Australian government senior officials, diplomats, journalists, people from academia, students and prominent community members. The diverse and rich cultural heritage of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan and Kashmir were exhibited through short films, dances, culinary items and sports goods. Visitors of all ages enthusiastically took photographs with Pakistani artefacts and other articles on display. Long queues of female visitors also availed themselves of the free henna (mehndi/ henna tattooing) offered at the Mela. The captivating performances illustrating myriad facets of Pakistani culture enthralled the audience. The students of different universities in Australia took keen interest in various segments and actively participated in various activities.

Welcoming the guests, the Acting High Commissioner, Dr. Muhammad Khalid Ejaz highlighted Pakistan’s rich history and culture. He underscored the important role played by the cameleers in Australia, most of whom had come from the areas which are now part of Pakistan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He lauded the services of the Pakistani community and students in fostering Pakistan-Australia relations.

Mr. Craig Robertson, CEO, TAFE Directors Australia and Ms Nina, a businesswoman from Melbourne also spoke about their experiences during their visits to Pakistan and appreciated the hospitality and love of the people with whom they interacted. The event was a great success and greatly contributed towards presenting cultural heritage of Pakistan. The guests were served with Pakistani cuisine and sweets.

Canberra, Australia
19 June 2018