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.
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 day time, the famous traditional dish of Harisa was prepared which was later distributed to homes. Young men participated in 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.