Sindh Cultural Day Date in the current year: December 1, 2024

Sindh Cultural Day Sindh Cultural Day is an annual observance that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Sindhi, an Indo-Aryan ethno-linguistic group who are native to the Sindh province of Pakistan. The culture of Sindh has its roots in the Indus Valley Civilization of the Bronze Age.

The Sindhi have inhabited Sindh for more than 7000 years. Following the downfall of the Indus Valley Civilization, their culture has been influenced by various invaders into the region, but it still remains unique and authentic. After the partition of India, most Sindhi Muslims remained in Pakistan, while most Sindhi Sikhs and Hindus migrated to India. Today, most Sindhis live in Pakistan, but there are also considerable communities in India, the UAE, Malaysia, the UK, Afghanistan, and other countries.

The inaugural Sindh Culture Day was celebrated on December 9, 2009 as Sindhi Topi Day (the Sindhi topi, or Sindhi cap, is a circular hat with embroidered geometrical designs worn by Sindhi people). It was a backlash to the comments made by journalist Shahid Masood Khan, criticizing President Asif Ali Zardari for wearing a Sindhi topi on his visits abroad. Later, Sindhi journalist Ali Kazi suggested that the celebration be renamed Sindh Cultural Day.

On the first Sunday of December, Sindhis around the world wear arjak (traditional block printed shawl) and Sindhi topi to celebrate their rich culture. In many cities and towns with a significant Sindhi population, the day is marked with various cultural events.

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