On 21 March, Ismaili Muslims worldwide observe Navroz (Nowruz), a festival celebrated in many Muslim communities and cultures, particularly those belonging to the Shia. For many communities, it marks the beginning of a new year and the first day of spring. More generally, it signifies a time of spiritual renewal and physical rejuvenation, as well as the spirit of gratitude for blessings and an outlook of hope and optimism towards the future.
The festival of Nowroz was also celebrated at the Tehsil headquarter of Gojal (Gulmit). Ismaili Council members and Jamati official, heads of institutions in Gulmit, and Jamati members were in attendance. The day was started early with flag hoisting ceremony. The president of the Local Ismaili Council Gulmit Mr. Nazir Ahmed led in the flag hoisting and opening his remarks on the day. The event sustained with performances by Cultural dance by the old and young people, showcasing the village’s cultural diversity.
Special Tug of War tournament was organized on the day by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Gulmit. Five teams participated in the tournament. Three teams were from Shishkat, one from Gulmit, one from Yasin. Shishkat “A” won the final by taking 2-0 lead over Shishkat “B”. Trophies and medals were distributed among the winning and runner up team.
A special refreshment dish (Dilya) with Boiled meat was served to the populace who were in attendance.
Ismailis across the world celebrate Navroz with the recital of devotional poetry in the form of ginans, qasidas, and manqabas. Dried fruits, nuts and grains are distributed among Jamati members, symbolizing blessings of abundance and sustenance. Navroz is also a time of family gatherings and celebratory meals, thus strengthening family bonds and fraternal ties.
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