by Mary Ferreira
Lahore, Pakistan – Thousands of spectators on both sides of the border – Pakistan and India – cheer as soldiers representing both nations participate in a ceremony which ends in a perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations’ flags.
Called the beating retreat border ceremony, one infantryman or Jawan stands at attention on each side of huge iron gates separating the two countries. As the sun sets, the gates are opened initially and soldiers from both sides shake hands as a sign of friendship. The pageantry continues as citizens wave the flags of their respective countries. The gates open for the last time and remain so until the flags are lowered simultaneously. The flags are then folded, the ceremony ends, soldiers shake hands and retreat from both sides as the gates close once again.
The ceremony attracts visitors from all over the world. It was indeed an amazing event to witness. Watch this short clip of what we saw.