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Children in Sindhi cultural dresses were called on stage and gifts distributed among them Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Sindhi expats from India and Pakistan got together to celebrate Sindhi Cultural Day at a mega event in Dubai recently.

Sindhi community members celebrate the day as part of the centuries-old tradition to highlight Sindhi culture, language and attire. The day is traditionally celebrated every year on the first Sunday of December.

Sindhi Friends Forum in the UAE organised the event on December 2 at the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium in Dubai to coincide with the UAE National Day Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Hundreds of Sindhi community families from India and Pakistan participated in the celebrations, which turned out to be a mega cultural event with traditional songs, dances and music.

Highlights of the cultural show were performances by famous Sindhi singers including Reshma Parveen, Najaf Ali and Zamin Ali. Stand-up Sindhi comedians Asgher Khoso, Asif Pahore and Hyder Qadri also entertained the audience with their performances.

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Event committee members come together for a group photo. Image Credit: Supplied

Prominent Emirati businessman Suhail Mohd Zarooni, who was the chief guest, cut a cake along with the community members to mark the UAE National Day Golden Jubilee.

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Sohail Mohammed Zarooni was presented with a "Shield of Appreciation" at the event. Image Credit: Supplied

Well-known Sindhi businessmen and social activists including Dr Ram Buxani, Vasu Shiroff, Dr Barkat Noonari and Nisar Khokhar were special guests at the event. They were presented with the traditional ‘Ajrak’ (Sindhi cultural shawl). Sindhi Friends Forum also honoured them with ‘Pride of Performance’ shields as a token of appreciation for their services to the Sindhi community.

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Sindhi businessmen Dr Ram Buxani and Dada Vasu Shroff were among those present at the event. Image Credit: Supplied

SFF convener and event coordinator Bashir Arisar welcomed the guests, artists and participants. “The main aim of organising the event is to celebrate Sindhi Cultural Day, keeping alive the centuries old Sindhi culture and tradition. We also want to educate the younger generations and other communities about our unique culture and traditions,” said Arisar.

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Prominent Indian businessman Dr Ram Buxani receiving 'pride of performance' shield from Bashir Arisar (left) at the Sindhi Culture Day in Dubai. Image Credit: Supplied

Sindhi Cultural Day

Sindhi Cultural Day is a popular Sindhi cultural festival, also known as ‘Aekta Jo Dihaarro (the day of unity)’, that is widely celebrated with traditional enthusiasm to spotlight the centuries-old culture of Sindh. The day is celebrated all over Sindh, and amongst the Sindhi diaspora around the world. Sindhis celebrate this day to demonstrate the peaceful identity of Sindhi culture and acquire the attention of the world towards their heritage.

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Famous Sindhi stand-up comedians Hyder Qadri and Asif Pahore a.k.a Gamoon performing on stage and spreading smiles

Ajrak and Topi

On the occasion, with people wearing Ajrak and Sindhi Topi, traditional block printed shawl, musical programmes and rallies are held in many cities to mark the day. People across Sindh exchange gifts of Ajrak and Topi at various ceremonies. Even the children and women dress up in Ajrak, assembling at the grand gathering, where famous Sindhi singers sing Sindhi songs, which depict peace and love.