Kalash Valley Chilam Josh Festival In Full Swing

Tue May 14 2024
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ISLAMABAD: The four-day Chilam Josh festival continued on its second day in the picturesque Kalash valleys of Bumburet, Birir, and Rumbur, captivating tourists from across the country with its lively festivities.

Attendees, including both local and foreign tourists, immersed themselves in the traditional events that characterize the annual festival. Kalash girls and boys showcased their vibrant culture through spirited dances accompanied by the rhythmic beats of traditional drums.

Highlighted by a kaleidoscope of colors, the Chilam Josh festival served as a platform to celebrate the rich heritage of the Kalash people, spreading a message of joy and happiness throughout the valleys.

Amidst the festivities, the Kalash community sought blessings from their deities, offering prayers for the prosperity and safety of their herds and crops. Women adorned themselves in intricate traditional attire adorned with gold and silver jewelry, while men donned traditional shalwar kameez paired with woolen waistcoats.

The day’s celebrations included the traditional ritual of C’irik pi pi, known as Milk Drinking and Distribution Day, where goat stables were adorned with wildflowers and walnut leaves. Singing rituals and ceremonies unfolded in every village, symbolizing the community’s reverence for their land and livestock.

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Renowned for their vibrant cultural festivals held throughout the year, the Kalash people expressed their deep-rooted connection to their land and traditions, embodying a spirit of unity and resilience in the face of modernity.

The second day of the Chilam Josh festival offered visitors a glimpse into the unique customs and traditions of the Kalash valleys, fostering a sense of admiration and appreciation for their rich cultural heritage.

Kalash valley Chitral

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