ISLAMABAD (APP) - Unique variety of wedding costumes showcased at the Lok Virsa is continue to draw attention of visitors toward rich cultural heritage of Pakistan and Norway. Two wedding pairs with beautiful traditional costumes from Norway were on display whereas the Pakistani wedding costumes on display represented all the four provinces and Kalash Valley. The wedding ceremonies in a culture are always an integral part of its history and traditions. As a living culture moves forward in time, its traditions are also bound to vary according to the demands of modernism and changing trends. Norway as a land of the Midnight Sun is not only known for snow-capped mountains, breathtaking glaciers, rolling green farmland, enchanted forests and sunny coastlines but also rich in wedding traditions and customs. Traditionally, bride and groom both wear the traditional festive attire, the bunad in Norway and it is common to wear bunad as a costume at various celebrations. While in the recent years, its use has reached far outside folk dancing, folk music, and particular holidays. For men, the bunad has a white silk shirt, dark wool knickers and stockings that come up to the calf, a matching vest and topcoat in dark finely woven wool. The bunad is covered with intricate, colorful hand-embroidered designs. Each design is unique to the district of Norway where the groom was born, or where the grooms ancestors came from. For women, the bunad also may have a white silk shirt, and a dark wool intricately hand-embroidered dress, or skirt worn with a vest. Today, many couples choose modern day wedding attire of white gowns and black suits. Some modern day grooms will still wear a bunad, while the bride wears white silk dress. Pakistan represents a colourful saga of social and cultural values and traditions. Wedding in Pakistan is accorded much importance, and celebrations specially the ceremonies of the last three days. The wedding dresses in Pakistan are usually colourful and embroided and all the four provinces give different varieties of wedding costumes during the mehndi, Nikah and Valima ceremony. Federal Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Moin-ul-Islam Bokhari during his visit to the exhibition told that such cultural activities not only give information about the culture and traditions of other countries but also provide entertainment. Wedding costume exhibition from Norway and Pakistan, being an innovative activity would help promote cultural understanding among people as well as compare traditional values of both the countries. Arranging exhibition and cultural programmes is the best possible way to promote soft image of the country in prevailing circumstances. He highly appreciated the role of Lok Virsa as a specialized cultural organization at the federal capital dealing in research, documentation, preservation and dissemination of Pakistans indigenous culture and folklore. Executive Director, Lok Virsa Khalid Javaid briefed the secretary about the museum displays and functioning of Lok Virsa. The secretary also hold a meeting with the official of Lok Virsa and discussed the activities and programmes to be undertaken in the financial year 2009-2010. He stressed that month-wise calendar of events with at least five or six activities in a month should be devised. Later, the secretary paid an informal visit to the National Institute of Cultural Studies (NICS), a unique body that has been established to impart training in arts and crafts, ethnography, field research, musicology and media studios. He also visited the National Monument Museum and reviewed progress of the ongoing creative works.