islamabad - National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa will hold a colourful festival of Basant here on March 6 for fun-lovers.

Featuring colourful kites and highlighting traditional heritage, the event is open for masses to celebrate the Basant Kite Festival which is a seasonal event of the Punjab marking the start of spring.

In various areas, Basant is a long established tradition of flying kites and holding fairs. For celebrating Basant, people dress up in vibrant costumes carrying yellow, rustic, bright red or green colours while they also hold gatherings with traditional foods and folk music.

Coinciding the event, Lok Virsa will also hold a weeklong workshop of Chunri (tie and die) and kite making under its craft of the month programme.

The Craft of the Month program has been launched with the theme of Harnessing Culture with Education for students and young children to learn and know about the history and techniques of unique crafts.

The 7-day programme every month emphasizes on one particular craft while the students and faculty members from various educational institutions have been invited to participate in the programme.

The activities of the programme include introduction of master artisans to participants, demonstration of crafts by artisans, history and present standing of the craft, reading material to be provided by master artisans and Lok Virsa, learning about various techniques of crafts and material used in creating crafts and students and youth at work with craft preparation.

The programme aims to promote and perpetuate traditional skills of Pakistan, provide knowledge to younger generation about the importance and utility of different crafts and serve as an opportunity for youth to learn about Pakistan’s rich, diverse and pluralistic cultural tapestry, said an official of Lok Virsa.

It focuses on creating link between culture and education, encourage youth to value dignity of labour, foster ownership of their culture, inculcate respect for different professions and character building, help understand the contribution of artisans in the sustainable development of their community and country, engage youth in creative works by providing them on ground opportunities to learn the crafts from artisans and to recognize the hard work of artisans associated with various crafts in order to ensure continuity of the crafts from generation to generations.