Sindh situated in the south-east corner of Pakistan and is the third largest province of Pakistan. To the west, it is surrounded by the province of Baluchistan, Punjab to the north, India to the east, and the Arabian Sea to the south. The word ‘Sindh' derived from a Sanskrit word Sindhu which means ‘ocean' or a ‘huge collection of water'. It is said that continuous foreign influences, natural resources and the log of largely desert region played an important role to mould Sindh. The traditions of seafaring among the local people supported by the Arabian Sea and the Indus River that passes through the land. The local climate of Sindh also affects traditions, lifestyle, customs, language, and folklore of the region. Let us have look at Sindhi culture and lifestyle that is so different from other cultures of the country.
The culture of Sindh is one of the oldest cultures in the sub-continent. it a very rich culture that is significantly known over the world. It has historical shreds of evidence, which manifest its deep roots in Sindhi society. Hospitality, peace-loving attitude, strong cultural and social values are some of the well-known features of Sindhi culture. As everything is subject to change, new inventions and innovations have caused many changes in Sindhi culture from time to time.
The lifestyle of Sindhi People
In Sindh mostly, people have people agricultural based lifestyle. The local people get the valuable source of income from the fertile Indus Plains through farming on these lands. In Upper Sindh local fishing is also practiced along the Indus River which provides more chances for local people. The nomadic lifestyle is common in the desert areas of Thar where people obliged to wander in the desert along with their animals in search of water and livelihood.
People of Sindh widely known for their hard work, bravery, and hospitality. People from all over the world like Sindhi the handicrafts. Sindhi Ajrak is a hallmark of Sindhi culture.
Sindhi people are full of life and they love to dance on Sindhi folk music. The land of Sindh is known as the land of great poets and singers who recognized themselves with their accomplished work of Sindhi poetry. Among them, the name of Shah Abdul Latif Bhtai is very prestigious and can never be forgotten.
The dressing of Sindhi People
The dressing of Sindhi women is shalwar kameez or sari and men usually use to wear shalwar kameez or kurta with pajama. Before trend of sari and shalwar kameez, the people of Sindh had their own traditional costumes. Sindh is famous for mirror work and hand embroidery. Sindhi women mostly like heavy worked dresses which are famous all over the country as well. Sindhi caps are also very famous all over the world. Sindhi women use to wear heavy jewelry, or silver color.
In Sindhi culture the language mostly spoken is Sindhi and it is second most spoken language in Sindh province. Music instruments that are famous in Sindhi culture are Yaktaro, alghoza flute, dhol, Naghara etc.
Mostly Sindhi people like to eat the food of their own choice. They like to eat Sindhi biryani, mutton curry, Channa daal, Palak etc.
The culture of Sindh is very rich to explore. The embroidered Sindhi shawls, bedsheets and clothes are famous all over the world and are also exported to other countries. Sindhis are hospitable and peace-loving people. Like other provinces of Pakistan, Sindh has its own cultural importance and Sindhis feel proud to have such vibrant and rich culture and to be the part of a fertile land of Sindh.