Four-day Chilam Josh spring festival in full-swing


The Four-day Chilam Josh spring festival is in full-swing in the three Kalash valleys Rumbur, Bumburate and Birir valley in Lower Chitral district. The main function of the event was held in Bumburate valley, where the Kalash people sprinkled milk on their loved ones and prayed for good fortune. Large number of domestic and foreign tourist also witnessed the event and shown keen interest in traditions of local tribes.

They also lauded the arrangements made by KPCTA for assistance and facilitation of visitors. They would stay for several days to enjoy the local culture, traditions, tourist attractions and festival in the scenic valleys of the district.

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.

Officials at the Tourist Information Centre in Chitral briefed foreign tourists upon their arrival in the town. The tourists are provided brochures, pamphlets, maps and other informative material and guidelines about the local culture and traditions and the scenic attractions in the three Kalash valleys – Bamburet, Birir and Rambur.