Hunza, June 21: The traditional “Ginani’’ festival was celebrated today in Central and Lower parts of Hunza valley, with traditional zeal and fervour. Main gatherings were organised in Altit, Baltit and Aliabad. The local community celebrated the day with music, dance and Dirum Pitti, a traditional dish prepared to mark the festival.
Before construction of the Karakuram Highway, the communities in Gilgit – Baltistan were totally dependant on subsistence farming and during the winter seasons most of the families used to face conditions due to scarcity of food. Ginani festival was thus celebrated to mark the beginning of new harvesting season, with great joy, hope and happiness.
When Hunza was an independent principality, the rituals were performed at Baltit Fort, in presence of members of the ruling family.
This event is celebrated as Ginani and Chineer (Wakhi) in Hunza, Strublah in Baltistan and Ganoni in Gilgit.