“A Real Time Festivity”
About Kalash Valley
Kalash Valley is one of the major tourist attractions in Pakistan. This is situated in the Chitral district of Pakistan. This valley has a historic background but its history has controversies. No one is sure about the actual history of the valley. According to one of the legends of area, the soldiers of the army of Alexander the Great were settled here. The people here have their own religion infact they have no religion at all. They are the followers of early age pagan tribes. That’s why they are called kafir kalash. The Kalash valley as a whole is the combination of three other valleys. These valleys are named Birir, Rumboor and Bumburate. Among these three valleys Bumburate is the largest and is the most beautiful. It has beautiful scenery.
People & LifestyleKalash
belongs to old tribes and have their own religion and culture. This valley has a unique and amazing culture. The People here live in small villages which they built on the hill sides. These villages are at the banks of the streams and rivers. People construct their homes with rough shaped logs. Because of the slope and steepness of the area, people construct double storey houses. People of Kalash are very lively. People here live a simple life. They wear simple traditional dresses. Women and girls wear a traditional headdress. Most of the women have small but simple tattoos at their faces. People of Kalash enjoy the festivals. They love to dance and are great admirer of music. The people have blonde hair and have light brown eyes show their connection with the Europe.
Festivals of Valley
People of Kalash are cheerful, fun loving and witty in nature. The love festivals and enjoy them with full of dance and music. Women folk dance of kalash is very famous. Other than the beautiful scenery, Kalash valley is known for its festivals. A large number of people are united and invited in the festivals. There are four main festivals which are celebrated here.
This is one of the four famous festivals of Kalash. This festival starts in May every year. Main theme of celebrating the festival is to honour the fairies and to protect the goats and shepherds from any causality before they leave for the pastures. The houses are decorated in the whole valley. This decoration is done by the women and girls of the valley. They worship the Goddess Jestak which they believe will protect their children and homes. They sprinkle milk on the Goddess. The main point of the festival is Rumbur where the tribal chiefs are gathered and they sacrifice goats in the name of their Gods. Women wear their traditional black robes, colourful necklaces, cowries shelled head dresses and dance in the circle. Later men join the women. This festival lasts for four days.
This festival is started in August when the harvesting season of wheat and barley starts. Mainly it is celebrated in Rumbur and Bumboret. It is started with the dance activities of young girls and boys.
This is celebrated in August and is celebrated only in Birir. When the harvest season of grapes and walnuts starts people are gathered to share the joy. This is also the time when the shepherds come back from pastures. At this occasion dance and merry making is held.
The chomos festival starts in the mid December. This is the most famous festival of the Kalash valley. The festival is celebrated for the immortality of the relatives of the people whether living or dead, to cheer the joy of the safeguarded crops and goats from the calamities and to purify the villages and valleys for the future. A torch lit procession is led from the nearby villages to the Charsue where a huge dance celebration is occurred. At this time most of the festivities are indoor where they enjoy local wine and dance while holding hands and crossing arms round the waists. Tribal leaders sit at the hill tops and wait the sun to rise, with the sun rise they declare the new year. This is the real festivity. Everyone should visit the beautiful valley with rich and amazing culture in Pakistan.