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Witnessing the Wagah Border Ceremony

Photo by Emily Donahue, KUT News

Today we did a lot of sightseeing and meetings in Lahore.  We traveled to the border with India to see the Wagah Border Ceremony.  It takes place every every evening at the border between Pakistan and India.

It was quite a wild ceremony. On each side of the border, crowds gather in the grand stands, beginning about an hour before the ceremony. We attended the evening flag lowering ceremony on the Pakistan side of the border.  

The Wagah Border slices through a village that sits in both India and Pakistan. It was divided in 1947 at “Partition” when Pakistan and India formally separated into two separate countries. Here's some background and video from PBS:

 

Although the daily ritual seems purely ceremonial we did see several actual armed soldiers on each side of the border.

Keep up with our trip through Pakistan following the Twitter hashtag #uspak.

Emily Donahue is a former grants writer for KUT. She previously served as news director and helped launch KUT’s news department in 2001.
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