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Ginani Festival Formally Held in Nagar Valley for the First Time in Three Decades


The traditional festival of Ginani was formally held in Chalt, Nagar, for the first time in the past 30 years. Raja Qasim Khan, the son of the former Mir of Nagar, participated in his royal attire at the event held at Royal palce in Chalt, Nagar. The festival marks the start of the new harvesting season.

A number of of local elders and youth of Nagar gathered to celebrate the traditional festivity. The event was also participated by Ole Ramsing, the Project Manager of Danish Center for Culture and Development (CKU) Pakistan, and Amjad Ali Khan, Project Officer of Hashoo Foundation. The Ginani festival in Nagar was jointly hosted by Nagar Arts and Cultural Council (NACC) and Danish Center for Cultre and Development (CKU) Denmark.

Just a week back, the Ginani festival was held at Baltit Fort in Karimabad, Hunza, where the Mir of Hunza and his eldest Shah Saleem Khan had led the rituals. The event was focused on cultural dances, singing performance by Sher Khan Nagri and speeches by the Raja Qasim Khan and Ole Ramsing.

Talking to the audience, Ole Ramsing, the Project Manager of CKU expressed his happiness for being invited to the event and being among the people of Nagar. He congratulated the management on organizing the event and shared his hope for establishment of a music school in Nagar, similar to the one that has recently been started in Hunza. He said that such steps will help preserve the unique culture and music of this region.

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