One of the oldest civilizations of human history, Sindhis have a rich and clearly distinct cultural heritage and are very festive. Sindhis are one of the most peace loving people on this planet, who try to stay away from trouble wherever possible and focus on their Businesses more than anything else.
90% of Sindhis in India follow Hindu religion, while the rest follow Sikh religion.
Most important festival for Sindhis is Cheti Chand, the birthday of Lord Jhulelal. Besides this, Sindhis celebrate Diwali (Festival of lights), Dhan Teras, Thadadi, Gogyo (Naag Panchami), Holi (festival of colors), Teejri (teej), Guru Nanak Jayanti,etc.
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The population of Sindhis in India was merely around 3.8 million as of 2010. Population of Sindhis in Sindh, Pakistan however was around 50 million in 2010. There is a sizeable population of Sindhis in USA.
At the time of independence there were 1,400,000 Hindu Sindhis, though most were concentrated in cities such as Hyderabad, Karachi, Shikarpur, and Sukkur. However, because of insecurity in Pakistan, and most of all, a sudden influx of Muslim refugees from Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Central Provinces, Hyderabad State, Rajputana (Rajasthan) and other parts of India, many Sindhi Hindus decided to leave Pakistan.
1951, nearly 776,000 Sindhi Hindus migrated to India. Many people abandoned their fixed assets and crossed newly formed borders. Many refugees overcame the trauma of poverty, though the loss of a homeland has had a deeper and lasting effect on their Sindhi Culture.
Soon after independence of India in 1947, large group of refugees from Sindh in Pakistan came to India. Adipur was founded by the government of India as a refugee camp. The Indian Institute of Sindhology established at Adipur, Gandhidham (Kutch), is a centre for advanced studies and research in fields related to the Sindhi language, literature, art and culture.
Most of the Sindhis who migrated to India post 1947 initially landed in Deolali Camp (Nasik), Ahmedabad, Gandhidham, Ulhasnagar, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Gujarat etc.