An Overview of Lahore
With a population of more than 6,563,000 people, Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the second largest city in the country. The city is built in the form of a parallelogram, the area within the walls (central Lahore or Old Lahore), being about 461 acres. With a rich history dating back over a millennium ago, Lahore is a major cultural centre of Pakistan. One of the most densely populated cities in the world, Lahore remains a vibrant economic, political, transportation, entertainment, and educational hub. Considered a gamma+ world city, Lahore maintains its historical status as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and lively of cities (source).
The culture of Lahore is a manifestation of the lifestyle, festivals, literature, music, language, politics, cuisine and socio-economic conditions of its people. It is characterized by the blending of South Asian, Middle Eastern/Persian, Central Asian, and Western influences.
Punjabi is the native language of the province and is the most widely spoken language in Lahore. Punjabi is the primary means of communication in both the city and adjoining rural areas. Punjabi has no official status in Lahore and some Punjabi activists have raised demands for recognition of Punjabi. English and Urdu have become increasingly popular with educated and younger people due to its official status in government and preferred language status for business. Many Punjabi speakers in Lahore are known as Majha Dialect Of Punjabi. According to the 1998 census, 86.2% or 6,896,000 of the population are Punjabis; 10.2% or 816,000 are Urdu speakers and the Seraikis, at 0.4%, number about 32,000. The city has also been capital and part of three Persianates and therefore heavy Persian influence is evident on the lifestyles of people and the city itself. Farsi is also spoken in many parts of the city and Farsi quotes and sayings are engraved on many ancient and modern buildings (source).
Religion in Lahore
93.9% of Lahore’s population is Muslim, up from 50.1% in 1941. Other religions include Christians (5.8%; however, this statistic is higher in rural areas where they form around 9% of the rural population), as well as Ahmadis at 0.2% and a small number of Bahá’ís, Hindus, Parsis, and Sikhs (source)
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