Sunday 10 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Pakistani Style by IFMCH (International Foundation for Mother and Child Health) in Altrincham

It was apt that for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations last weekend even the English weather decided to stick to its tradition of being entirely unpredictable and offered all sorts of variations that it could muster up. Muslim community of Pakistani heritage in Altrincham, Hale and surrounding areas were dealt a better hand with the sun shining all day, temperatures rising to an enjoyable level and winds slowing down to make Monday 04th June a perfect day for a garden party.

In a typical Pakistani style we did not plan well in advance, that resulted in it becoming too late to get a street closed for a street party. But there was no stoping us from celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at a garden party.

Dr Faeza Khan, the hostess with the mostess, and Vice Chairperson of the local charity International Foundation for Mother and Child Health, offered gardens of IFMCH office at 185 Grove Lane in Hale as the venue for what turned out to be an excellent Diamond Jubilee Celebrations party.

Big difference from an average street party from around the country was sheer abundance of Pakistani food contributed by each family joining the party. Woman heads of each house went out of the way to bring out their best in culinary delights. It was great to see a number of neighbours and friends from non-Pakistani heritage joining in the festivities.

Simal Asher, a young student from Altrincham Grammar Girls High School was our roving reporter interviewing participants and recording fun and festivities using her iPhone.

Highlight of the day was when cutting the cake it appeared that out of over 150 people of English and various other ethnic backgrounds there was only one Pakistani child who remembered all the verses of God Save the Queen.

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