May 15, 2015

3-Day annual festival in Chitral

By Nazar-Ul-Islam

kalash-festivalThe three-day Kalash spring festival, Chilam Joshi, launched with usual fervor in the Bumboret Valley on May 13, and was attended by tourists from across Pakistan and abroad despite persistent security threats.

Old and young, men and women, everyone comes together during the festival to thank Goshidai, who is said to watch over the herds and crops during the summer. The first day of Joshi is also known as ‘Milk Day,’ and groups of singing and dancing Kalash go house-to-house, where they are offered libations of milk that has been saved for 10 days before the festival.Read More »3-Day annual festival in Chitral