Language of the term
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Urdu is one of the official languages in Pakistan and five states in India (alongside English).
Urdu is spoken as a first language by 70 million people and, in total, by about 100 million people worldwide. It is mainly spoken in Pakistan and India.
There are over 400,000 Urdu speakers in the UK.
The birth of two nations
Pakistan and India used to be one country in the Indian subcontinent. It was colonised by the British, who ruled there for approximately 89 years, and was called British India. Forces from the subcontinent fought alongside the British in both World Wars.
In 1947 British India was granted independence and divided into two different countries - India and Pakistan (Partition). 'Midnight's Children' is a famous novel by Salman Rushdie (written for grownups) about the Partition.
Some of the traditional foods eaten in Pakistan and India
Have you ever tasted any of them? Which ones do you think you would like?
Lassi (yoghurt drink)
Dal with naan bread
Amazing places to see in Pakistan and India
The Taj Mahal in India is one of the most famous buildings in the world.
Altit Fort in Pakistan
The Red Fort in India
Beautiful Upper Kachura Lake in Pakistan
Mysore Palace in India
Badshahi Mosque in Pakistan
Islamabdad is the capital city of Pakistan and has some beautiful architecture.
The currency in Pakistan is called the Pakistani Rupee
and the currency in India is the Indian Rupee.
The main religion in the Urdu-speaking community is Islam.
We are just coming to the end of the holy month of Ramadam. Eid Mubarak to all the Muslim Hillcrest families celebrating Eid, the festival marking the end of a month of fasting from dawn to sunset, spiritual reflection and prayer.
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