Sindhi Cultural Day also known as Aekta jo ddihaarro celebrates the traditions and cultures attached with Sindh in Pakistan. The first Sunday of December is celebrated as Sindhi Day and this year, Sindhi Day falls on December 2. It came to existence after Sindhis protested journalist Dr Shahid Masood's comments criticising then Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari for wearing a Sindhi cap on his foreign tours. People of the community came together and first Sindhi Day was celebrated as Sindhi Topi Day on December 6, 2009.
Over the years, the day has gained more importance among people of the region and Sindhis living across the world. The day is majorly observed by people living in Sindh, Pakistan. The day is also believed to be a symbol of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. When is Sindhi Festival Thadri 2018? Date, History & Food Sindhi Community Prepare.
Pakistan witnessed celebrations on Sunday as rallies were taken out in different cities. Women wear traditional block printed shawls showing their age-old culture. This year the theme of the day is Ekta which means unity. Various events and seminars are organised where Sindhis come together remembering their customs and heritage. Sindhis adorn major hallmarks of cities with Sindhi Ajrak (handpainted shawls found in Sindh).
People also dress up in Ajrak showcasing their culture. They sing Sindhi songs depicting the rich values of the community. Schools, universities also mark the day passing on the importance of culture and their history. In 2016, for the third year in a row, the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi observed Sindh Cultural Day with a musical performance at the Consul General's Residence. Sindhi language TVs air special programs about the importance of Sindhi culture, history and special musical performances.