islamabad - The preparations for celebrating the 70th Independence Day, to fall on August 14, have started in the federal capital with patriotic zeal and enthusiasm.

The main markets of the city have started displaying colourful stalls carrying Jashan-i-Azadi accessories like national flags, buntings, badges, souvenirs, balloons, T-shirts and other stuff.

“This year I-Day preparations have started before the advent of August,” Amir Masood, a resident of G-7 Markaz said.

Talking to APP, he said, the capital was wearing green and white look with display of flags and stalls carrying Jashan-i-Azadi accessories in different nook and corners. Ejaz Aslam, a resident of I-8 sector said, “the display of bunch of stalls on the road side area in the main markaz of I-8 sector has become center of attraction for most of the people.” He said, “I see huge rush of children and youngsters at these stalls while going back to home in evening which reflect their patriotic spirit and enthusiasm”.

Samia Noreen, a young student said, “I and my friends will wear the flag coloured suits on I-Day. We will also visit market for buying other accessories like green and white bangles, shoes and pin badges”.

She said I-Day was getting the shape of a festival or gala and people irrespective of their ages participate in its activities vigorously. The public and private departments had planned a number of activities including seminars, discussion programmes, debate and national songs competitions, walks and other events in connection with the I-Day celebrations. Different programmes would be arranged to pay tributes to the national heroes and the leaders of Pakistan Movement who laid their lives for the country.

One of the striking feature of the I-Day preparations is Azadi Train which would start its month-long journey across the country couple of day before August 14. The Azadi train, comprising of 17 decorated coaches, will stop at every big station of the country and hold musical shows, cultural dances and other activities.

Meanwhile, the demands of national flags, buntings, banners and pictures of national heroes are rising as preparations for the Independence Day get underway. A report said that the vendors have set up stalls at almost every small and big market, all over the country where people from all walks of life, especially children are enthusiastically busy in purchasing flags, buntings and badges. Ayan Ali, a customer said, “Decoration of our home and car with flags and stickers show the patriotism for the country.”

A college student Muhammad Umer said his father has given him pocket money from which he bought flag, buntings and some stickers to celebrate the day with fellows in a befitting manner. “Every year my father facilitates me to purchase such material and I am happy,” he said.

Another boy said like other youngsters of the country he would display flag on the rooftop of his house, fix stickers on his motorcycle and badges on his shirt.

Similarly, one can also see young girls are seen buying green dresses to mark the day. Car-owners, motorbikes riders were also displayed small flags and posters at their vehicles.