Friday, 28 February 2014

Spring and it's festivals!



                                                              Image credit: dawn.com

It's spring time and the advent of spring season brings many things along with it especially in Pakistan. There are spring festivals all around. End of February and March is inundated with invitations of spring festivals from different places. Few years back, spring was synonymous with Basant festival in Lahore but now spring festivals and more importantly, the sports day in your kids' schools act as an announcement of spring season  and that's why as soon as February comes to an end, you know that your kid's sports day is about to come. Recently, there was Sindh Festival in Mohenjodaro and now in Lahore, youth festival along with Jashan-e- Baharan is taking place. So spring is the most desirable season for all the outdoor and sports related activities.


The Spring festivals generally have many things in common: jumping castles, face painting, food stalls and games for kids. They are more of kids' festivals than spring festivals but as long as kids stay happy, parents are contented. Food stalls offer various items for food junkies. But more importantly, these festivals spread happiness and give a chance to people to enjoy outdoor with their families while enjoying the pretty sunshine of spring. Then there are beautiful flower exhibitions and flower competitions in which you get to see beautiful flowers all around.

Another thing which one finds on the beautiful roads of Lahore are the amazing billboards promoting different lawn brands. Lawn business has just got viral and I guess, that's very good. Now you find so many good lawn brands having superior quality that you feel confused while choosing few lawn suits among plethora of lawn brands available in the market. Then there are lawn exhibitions and ladies are super busy during this period as everyone wants to grab the best lawn dress available in the market before it gets short.Many ladies nowadays do online research for the prints available in the market before finally deciding which one to buy. Stitched lawn suits are as popular as the unstitched lawn suits. My top favourites are Sana Safinaz, Junaid Jamshed , Khaadi, Nishat Linen and Kayseria. The most interesting and beautiful advertising campaign is by J. Junaid Jamshed in which without a single model, the Ghalib's beautiful lines do all the magic

Lahore canal mela is also another amazing celebration of spring in which Lahore canal is beautifully decorated with mobile floats It is good to see people all around enjoying the festivity as then we all have to endure the long scorching summers which now continue almost till mid November.

                                     

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Sofia the first: A royal mess...morality lesson taught through fun





As your kids grow up, they teach you those things which you are oblivious of. Few days back while I was downloading my songs, my daughter asked me to download Sofia the first's song and I obviously having no clue of it asked her, " Who is Sofia the first?"Then she told me that Sofia is a princess who was first an ordinary girl but then her life changed and she became a princess. My daughter saw one of the episodes of it on Disney Channel with her cousins so that is how she became acquainted with Sofia.

I thought of watching one of the episodes with my five year old daughter so bought DVD of one of its episodes ,"A Royal Mess" . The whole concept of this animated series is so cute that I at once fell in love with it. The title song is so pleasing that you find yourself trying to catch the tune. Sofia is a pleasant seven year old girl who is princess yet a girl with all the qualities you want in your child.

" A Royal Mess "is a fun- filled musical episode with a pivotal lesson of honesty. Children are taught that how a simple lie can trap them in an endless series of problems. The lesson of honesty is beautifully conveyed in the episode. James, Sofia's step-brother, accidentally breaks a glass window having a beautiful family portrait on it which his father had to show to her mother to surprise her. All three of the siblings want to go the Golden Wing Circus but now their chance of going is endangered and so they try to hide James' mistake by lying.    

I would definitely recommend it for 4- 7 year old kids. Animation, beautiful castle with beautiful characters, songs and above all a morality lesson...a must watch for your kid!