LAHORE - The Government College University’s Oval Ground and Ravians on Monday wore a traditional Punjabi festive look as the GCU Punjabi Majlis and Philosophy Department organised the Punjab Spring Festival to celebrate the colours of spring in order to promote social and cultural integration among the students.

GCU Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Khalid Pervaiz inaugurated the two-day festival which was marked by traditional food and brewages stall, live music performances, cultural dance performances and horse dance with ‘Dhol’. However, the traditional dance performances by groups of Balochi and Phathan students remained the most enthralling events of the day.

The venue was decorated in traditional village style with Hukka, Charkha, pitchers etc. The students also arranged a special Bhagai (traditional horse cart) to drop visitors to the festival venue. The student delegation of various departments attired traditionally visited the festival.

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Dean Prof. Dr. Khalid Pervaiz said that the western culture was rapidly promoting in Pakistan because youth were not being provided such opportunities to understand and adopt their culture. He laid a stress on promoting and keeping alive Pakistan’s core values and strong cultural heritage. He also said that these events also gave students a chance to enjoy as in semester system; they remain extensively busy in their academic activities.

The festive chief organizer, Yasir Sultan, said that the festival is devoted to culturally educate youth and motivate them to preserve and promote Pakistan’s culture. He said that they would continue to organize such cultural festivals to promote love, tolerance and harmony.