Chilimjusht festival attracts local, foreign tourists


The celebration of Chilimjusht spring festival is in full-swing in the three Kalash valleys in lower Chitral district. The main function of the event was held in Rambur valley, where the Kalash people sprinkled milk on their deities and prayed for good fortune. Attired in their traditional dresses, the women, children and men danced and sang together to celebrate the festival.

The elderly Kalash women and children distributed milk and yogurt of goats and sheep among the children for drinking and eating. The Kalash people, including men, women and children in groups along with their goats and sheep go to the fields and green pastures.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KPCTA) under the aegis of the Tourism Department and the district administration of Lower Chitral have made all arrangements for the event to facilitate tourists and local residents to celebrate the event in a befitting manner.

Tourists from Germany, France, Japan, Malaysia and elsewhere in the world have arrived in Kalash valley and are enjoying the festival. They would stay for several days to enjoy the local culture, traditions, tourist attractions and festivals in the scenic valleys of the district.

A foreign woman tourist told reporters that whatever she had read about the history and culture of the Kalash people held true when she visited the valley. Officials at the Tourist Information Centre in Chitral, are briefing the foreign tourists upon their arrival in the town.

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