On Saturday, Pakistani and Indian Security forces exchanged sweets at Attari-Wagah Border to observe Pakistan’s Independence Day 2021. It is expected that the same gesture would be shown on Sunday, India’s Independence Day 2021. BSF Commandant Jasbir Singh said, “We will also gift sweets to them tomorrow.”

This year, both countries would celebrate the 75th year of Independence. 

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The exchange of sweets is a tradition followed by security forces, every year. Sweets are also exchanged during major national events and national festivals. It is a practice to promote peace between the nuclear-armed nations. The last exchange gesture was showed at Eid-ul-Adha.

This year, the greeting ceremony was a bit different as today BSF officials congratulated and wished the rangers of Pakistan.  

The Border Security Force (BSF) guards around 2,290 km India-Pakistan International Border (IB). India-Pakistan's international border starts from Jammu and Kashmir at North to Gujarat at the west. 

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Why Pakistan celebrates Independence Day a day before India?

Both countries, India as well as Pakistan, were declared independent on August 15, 1947, and the first stamp issued by Pakistan was also on August 15. But in 1948, Pakistan shifted its Independence Day to August 14, either because the ceremony held in Karachi was organized on August 14, 1947, or August 14, 1947, was the 27th of Ramadan, a very sacred date to the Muslims.

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