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Kalash Spring Festival Tour | Festival Tours in Pakistan



Introduction:

    kalash valley spring festival
     
    kalash valley spring festival
     
    kalash valley spring festival girls dance
     
    kalash valley spring festival girls dance


The Kalash are famous for their festivals and dress code. They for example know how to let their hair down in style. There is much dancing where the elders chant legends with drum accompaniment and the women dance around in the open place. Locally brewed wine is drunk in copious quantities. The festival dates are only fixed to a certain extent as the people and the dates depend on the harvest.

The festival of Chilimjusht or Joshi is for spring harvest and last 4-6 days around mid May and the Uchal festival on 20th August celebrates the pre-harvest with cheese, corn and wine. Chitirmas in mid December celebrates the winter solstice and is the most impressive festival, lasting for up to 10 days.
The kalash worship many gods of Kafiristan like Balomain, the heroic demi-god of the kalash Balomain’s spirit is said to pass through the valley counting the people of Kalash and collecting their prayers to return them to Tsiam, the mythical land of the kalash.

The Kalash people thank the creator during their festivals. Each festival is meant to give thanks to the Almighty. The dancing is one way of showing happiness and thankfulness towards the Creator.
Much of the dancing take place in large circles around a bonfire and people chant with mesmerizing repetitions – with just a drum beat accompanying the voices. The girls wear intricate dresses made of cowry shells, coins and beads with beautiful hair braiding and headwear. Each heavy headdress weighing several pounds is presented to a girl by her uncle. The jewellery includes necklaces made from apricot kernels, a traditional gift during the festivals. Single women are expected to find themselves a husband during these festivals. Just before the main festival, seasonal food is offered to the ancestral spirits and a kotik, light for the ancestors, is lit. After this ritual the food, considered impure, is offered to the elderly women to be eaten.

Itinerary: Spring Festival May 10 - May 20

May 10  Day 01          Arrive Islamabad,Welcome reception 
May 11 Day 02  Drive to Chitral
May 12 Day 03  Drive to Bumburet, Kalash valley 
May 13-18  Day 04 - 08  Kalash spring festival and enjoying the Kalash  girl dance                            
May 19 Day 09  Drive back to Chitral.
May 20 Day 10 Drive to Islamabad