ISLAMABAD  - Preparations for the 66th Independence Day are in full swing in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad as the day is approaching fast.

According to a private news channel report, the 14th August is a national holiday in Pakistan. The day is celebrated all over the country with flag raising ceremonies, tributes to the national heroes and fireworks taking place.

People from various walks of life are decorating their houses with national flags and the buildings, city shopping centers, bazaars and all the main roads are also being adorned with flags and fancy lights. 

Decorative items are In high demand these days include national flags, multi-colored garlands, badges, Minar-e-Pakistan models and portraits of the Quaid-e-Azam and national heroes, said a shopkeeper at a local market in Rawalpindi.

The business of these items at all big stores as well as by roadside vendors remain on peak during August 1 to 14, which shows the zeal of people belonging to all ages, a shopkeeper remarked.

In Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Jashan-e-Azadi preparation is getting momentum as the vendors have set up stalls for the sale of Colorful bunties, national flags, banners and picture of national heroes who struggled day and night to achieve a common goal. National songs are in the air, which gives the message that whole the nation is united and tidy. The national flag will be hoisted at the important buildings to celebrate the day with befitting manners.

Sweets will be distributed among the poor. Special prizes will be awarded to those who decorate and illuminate their building at best.

Meanwhile prices of flags, pictures of national heroes and other stuff like badges are out of reach of common man, however some will buy and some will pray that prices go down in this regard.

Printers and makers of bindings, flags, banners and badges are fully engaged in their business. They are also making arrangements to dispatch these items to other areas of the country to meet demand of people.

The most enthusiastic are children who are busy collecting stickers, badges and also beautifying their bicycles with special stickers inscribed with messages of Independence Day.