Typical Pakistani Culture That Foreigners Find Weird

Like other cultures, Pakistan boasts of unique traditions. Some of its traditions may be astonishing to foreigners.

Typical Pakistani Culture That Foreigners Find Weird.
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The Pakistani culture can be strange but can also be very interesting for a traveler who just landed in the country for the first time. This starts from everything about Pakistani wedding traditions to their ‘timeliness.’  This tradition may be pretty wild for the world sometimes.

  • Pakistani is an endogamy society

Indeed marriage is a traditional custom to expand family ties between relatives. Therefore, it is very typical to marry a relative, such as a cousin. These endogamous marriages are believed to be compatible. The larger extended family is concerned if they fail, the couple is usually strongly supported by extended family to ensure it doesn’t. Family elders arrange and facilitate many Pakistani marriages. Although with the urbanization, this pattern of arranged is gradually decreasing.

  • Men are Providers

Family comes first in Pakistan due to cultural, societal, and economic values. Pakistani society is led by collectivism rather than individualism. Therefore family and other relationships remain strong. Men, therefore, are usually the main source of income in households in Pakistan. Men are expected to provide for their families solely. This includes his wife, children, and any extended family who reside with them or live elsewhere. This is also dependent on the economic status of the family. However,  typically across Pakistan, men provide for the family and their extended families too.

  •   Women move in with in-laws after marriage

Most individuals consider it normal for a husband and wife to leave their parents’ house to start their home separately. However, with Pakistani culture, newlyweds move into the groom’s family. They stay there for some years before they move out and get a place of their own.

  •      A wedding ritual can last for a month

Pakistani weddings embody the richness of the culture. One wedding will introduce you to several elements of these local traditions. Pakistani weddings normally consist of a variety of colors, beautifully embroidered flowing fabrics in silks and chiffon. Not to mention the music, tantalizing food, traditionally decorated stages, and a lot of dance. Weddings in Pakistan are a serious event, with preparations starting months before. Never the less, most local weddings last for three to six days. The celebrations normally begin with a day dedicated to the henna application, then a musical night. This follows a night of traditional rituals to bless the weds to be. The bride and groom`s side of the family throw dinner parties after the rituals that may go on for two days.

  • Their love for Tea (Chai)

It’s very offensive if you don’t offer a guest a cup of chai/tea at least four times. Residents find Chai anywhere in Pakistan, just like beer in most countries. Facts reveal that Pakistan is among the largest importers of tea. However, Pakistan grows some tea locally too. Pakistani love their tea strong and sweet, especially in milk. Sometimes they add cardamom and other species in the preparations, especially on special occasions. The English introduced black tea to Pakistan during the colonial period. However, green tea has been part and parcel of their culture from years back. Tea time is such a significant time of day that many people enjoy high tea in five-star hotels, which essentially include a buffet of teas and all the complimentary snacks that go with it.

  • Pakistani is a patriarchal society

Women in Pakistan generally occupy a subordinate position in society. Additionally, women look after the home and the well-being of the family while the men provide for the family. Some families remain to practice the seclusion of women (purdah). By this, the female can only leave the domestic realm when veiled and accompanied by a man.  Men see women as particularly vulnerable targets that need protection. In some cases, an act of dishonor by a woman brought about tragic consequences by which a male relative or community member murders her for disgracing the family’s name.

However, the Pakistani culture is entertaining as well, and one can learn a lot from it.

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