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Ismaili Muslims Across Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral Celebrate Imamat Day of Shah Karim Aga Khan

The regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral are home to over a million Ismaili Muslims – the followers of His Highness Aga Khan. Every year on 11th July, Ismailis celebrate 11th July as Salgirah to commemorate the day on which the current Aga Khan had succeeded Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan III as the 49th imam of the community. Continuing the tradition of celebrations, Ismailis across Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral celebrated Imamat day with colorful events.

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Hunza boys performing Api Cso Nut in Karimabad Hunza

The regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral are home to over a million Ismaili Muslims – the followers of His Highness Aga Khan. Every year on 11th July, Ismailis celebrate the day as Salgirah to commemorate the day on which the current Aga Khan had succeeded Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan III as the 49th imam of the community. Continuing the tradition of celebrations, Ismailis across Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral celebrate the Imamat day with colorful events.

In Hunza, different villages held events that were attended by both Ismailis and non-Ismailis. Tourists from Pakistan and other countries were not restricted from joining the celebrations and even giving them a chance to perform dances.

On 11th July morning, recitation of Holy Quran was held at different Jamatkhanas. During the daytime, the famous traditional dish of Harisa was prepared which was later distributed to homes. Young men participated in the preparation of the dish along with elders. In the evening, fireworks lit the whole valleys. On the next day, a cultural event was organized that featured traditional music, dances and food.

Explore Imamat Day Salgirah celebrations in pictures.

A lit-gate is installed on a road in Karimabad, Hunza

Gates with lighting were installed in a number of mohallahs.

Young boys preparing Harisa

Harisa is one of the traditional Hunza food items that is prepared on events like Imamat day. Young boys in Hunza preparing Harisa.

Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan

The Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan speaks to the audience of Imamat Day Salgirah celebrations at Baltit Fort, Karimabad, Hunza

Imamat Day Salgirah celebrations in Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan

The Hunza valley was lit with fireworks on 11th July evening.

Tug of War between two villages in Karimabad

Young boys participate in tug of war. Tug of war is a traditional Hunza game that has been a main feature of major events and celebrations across Hunza.

Hunza traditional music band

The Hunza traditional band (Bericho) playing a local tune.

Young Hunza Girls performing tableau

Young Hunza girls performing a sufi-tableau.

Ismaili Scouts Group Hunza

Ismaili boy scouts participating in a marchpast at Baltit Polo Groun in Karimabad, Hunza.

Hunza Pipe Band

The Karimabad Ismaili Pipe Band entertaining audience with an instrumental performance.

GBee Staff brings you the breaking news, latest updates and trending stories from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) regions of Pakistan. For queries, suggestions and submitting articles, contact editor[at]gbee.pk

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