Saturday, August 16, 2008
Interested in seeing the impressive daily ritual of the Flag-hoisting and Flag-lowering ceremonies at Pakistan-India border?? It is worth travelling on G.T. (Grand Trunk) Road for 29 km (18 miles) to Wagah, which is a border crossing between Lahore and Amritsar in India.
The Flag-lowering ceremony, which takes place before sunset is particularly interesting. It is performed by active and smartly turned out Pakistani and Indian soldiers and receives spontaneous applause from the audience from both sides gathered to watch the ceremony.
The ritual comprises a handshake between the captains of the two countries, followed by a battle of angered looks, stomping with vigor to show military strength. The blowing of trumpets and the march past add to the colorful ceremony. It is a unique and thrilling event much enjoyed by people who come from long distances to view it.