This custom is followed in the community from its fathers and grandfathers time. In this celebration, the family of the newborn invites their relatives, neighbors, friends, and the whole community to celebrate the birth of life together.
Sindh has a number of communities that live on its land. The culture mostly followed here is rooted deeply in Indus Valley. It is to be said that, Sindhis have pride in their regional distinctiveness. This is somehow right because they are blessed with historical individuality of their own dated back from 2,500 BC.
There is a village (town) located in Naushahro Feroze District of Sindh, named ‘Moro’, which has a unique custom in which they celebrate the birth of their each child on the community level.
The people of the ‘Kandhra’ community in Moro village jubilate on the birth of each of their kid born in the family at an extensive level. This ritual is followed in the community from its fathers and grandfathers time. In this celebration, the family of the newborn invites their relatives, neighbors, friends, and the whole community to celebrate the birth of life together.
People during the festivities dance and celebrate par from the thinking of gender discrimination which we mostly witness in other communities, whether it’s a girl or a boy. The whole community is seen to be elated with happiness around the village.
This custom is something to be shared for the acknowledgment of people around the world. Because there is a thinking that, villages based in Pakistan are mostly known for child marriages, honor killings or feudal systems, etc.
Meanwhile, rejoicing happiness followed in the Kandhra Community should be shared on national and international platforms to change the mindsets regarding rural areas of Pakistan.
It also reminds us that there is always something to be learned from the areas where we least expect it. These kinds of rituals will help others to quote to those who are still divided in this 21st era thinking that whether they should distribute sweets on a girl’s birth or not?
Moreover, it will also help the change of attitudes towards women who give birth to a female fetus. As hundreds of babies in Pakistan in which most girls are abandoned or left to die by parents because they considered them as unwanted.
Although, this unfamiliar norm set by Kandhra people will be helpful to us in making a world where all kids will be celebrated with honor, respect and dignity, from the day they are born apart from which gender they belong.
Cultures have power of transition and this Kandhra Community’s culture of rejoicing a life will change many mindsets making this world a better place to live in.
[The author mentions a village called ‘Moro’, which in fact is a big town and Taluka headquarter of Naushehro Feroze district. Moreover, the custom she has narrated here, is ‘Chhatti’, which is celebrated by every Sindhi family on the birth of a child]
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