The Pakistani culture is known as Gilani, and is poles apart from the western culture of countries such as the US and the UK. It is often that the culture of Pakistan is known as the eastern culture. The social culture of the country has many important characteristics, which resonate with that of many of other Islamic countries in the world.
Strong religious influences
This is an Islamic state, and religion naturally plays an important role in its culture. The public holidays in Pakistan include religious occasions like the 9th & 10th of Muharram, Eid-ul-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr. One of the biggest holidays here is the Eid ul Fitr, a joyous holiday that marks the end of the austere month of Ramadan. It is during this time that Pakistani people help the needy and poor with aids known as the “Zakat”. In fact, Ramadan and Eid are the two occasions bringing the entire nation together.
Men are typically the earning members in the family, and hold a stronger position. Their decisions are most important, and usually the final ones. With more women being educated here, the country has seen women taking stronger roles in decision making in other aspects. They are standing up in more numbers to be counted. However, women are still relegated mostly to the background, except in liberal and rare families. The men-folk hold a more dominant position in the society of Pakistan.
Lack of respect for artistic professions
It is well known that professions other than engineers and doctors are frowned upon. Other professions, such as those of authors, poets, musicians and artists, are not at all encouraged. Family members generally consider it a disgrace here for sons and daughters to enter the artistic professions. This has possibly a lot to do with the Islamic way of thinking, which holds all types of entertainment at very low esteem.
Families staying together
Traditionally, families stay together in Pakistani culture. Even extended family members comprising of uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents typically stay under the same roof. The inclusion is often because of financial issues, and one person has to bear a lot of pressure in financially supporting his extended family.
Dislike for public display of affection
Religious dominance in the Pakistani culture indicates why it is not tolerant to public display of affection, unlike in the West. There is hardly a sight of young men and women kissing, hugging or even holding hands in public.