Today is Baloch culture day where we celebrate the culture and achievements of the people who belong to the largest province of Pakistan. Gain more insight about the fascinating Balochi culture with these 5 amazing facts.
An unconquered history
Due to the rugged and arid nature of the region, few empires have dared to try and claim the land. Those that were successful were only able to exercise limited amount of control, allowing the Baloch people to enjoy a great degree of autonomy throughout their history.
Having been free of foreign invasion and influence has allowed Balochi culture to form its own unique identity. Their dress code and traditions are culturally very distinct from other communities in both Iran and Pakistan where they reside.
The Baloch culture has its origins in Iran rather than the sub-continent. Their language is from a branch of Western Iranian languages which also includes Persian and Kurdish. The Baloch people originally lived around the Caspian Sea before migrating to their present day location over a course of many hundred years.
Sharing is caring
An important custom among the Baloch people is Haal which means the exchange information and news with each other. Travellers in Balochi lands are required to share news with any one they come across who in turn must share it with the first person they meets. This ensures news spreads quickly and gets circulated to all sections of the Baloch society.
Although the Balochi tribes have lived in Baluchistan region for hundreds of years, it wasn’t until early 17th century that the various tribes first experienced some unity under the leadership of the tribal leader, Mir Hasan, who styled himself as the “Khan of Baloch”. This would later pave way for the establishment of the Khanate of Kalat under Mir Ahmad Khan Qambrani Baloch, which would survive until 1955 when it was ceded to Pakistan.