Balochistan’s Sibi festival kicks off

SIBI: The annual Sibi Festival kicked-off in Balochistan on Sunday. Chief Minister Balochistan formally inaugurates the week-long festival.

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Addressing the inaugural ceremony of historical Sibi festival in Sibi on Sunday, he said we are proud of the security forces for restoring peace in the province.

The Chief Minister said the government would ensure provision of all basic amenities of life to the masses including health and educational facilities.

The event started with a horse and cattle show, similar to the one hosted each year in Lahore, Punjab.

People from all over Balochistan brought their cattle and horses to sell. Last year, over 2,000 Bhag Nari and Bal Nari – two cattle breeds found only in Sibi – were sold to farmers in Punjab and Sindh.

Historians believe that Sibi festival dates back thousands of years and the previous rulers celebrated it annually. Mir Chakar Khan Rind, who ruled over Balochistan in the 16th century, made Sibi his capital. He would hold the festival at the end of each winters and before the advent of spring.

Provincial ministers, members of the national and provincial assembly, belonging to Balochistan will also attend the mela.

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