Hunza: Thousands of people in the disaster hit Hunza Valley joined their Ismaili brothers and sisters across the globe in celebrating the 53rd Imamat Day on July 11, a ceremony symbolizing H.H. The Aga Khan’s accession to the throne of Imamat.
Grand celebrations were held in Shishkat and Gulmit, two of the worst affected villages of Gojal valley.
IDPs of Attabad celebrated Imamat Day at the remaining part of Attabad village. The IDPs have reached Attabad village after protesting in vain at the lake barrier for three days.
In Gulmit the day started with celebrations and the festivity continued till afternoon. Students of various school, members of the Ismaili scouts and guides and local artisans presented colorful programs including dances, songs, skits and other interesting stage items.
Workers of Bahria Foundation, Jawans of Pakistan Army and other people also attended the celebrations.
The festival provided people of the calamity hit villages a much needed space and opportunity for relaxation.
Salgirah festivals were also held in other parts of Gojal valley, central and lower Hunza, Ismaili majority regions of Gilgit, including Rahimabad, Nomal and Zulfiqarabad.
In Ghizar district, an 87 % Ismaili majority region, the festival was celebrated with traditional zeal and enthusiasm.
Jamat Khanas, the Ismailis’ place of worship, were decorated with colorful lights and small Ismaili flags were hoisted in all villages of the region.