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Chitirmas festival in Kalash valley attracts huge tourists

18 December, 2019 16:07

Chitirmas festival in Kalash valley attracts huge tourists as the celebrations of Chawmoss or Chitirmas festival continued in full-swing. 

A number of foreign tourists have reached he Kalash valley where they are enjoying different festivities with the indigenous tribe.

Kalash people celebrate Chitrama or Choimus among the three annually held events magnificently.

Government facilitates Kalash people

The KP Tourism Department has also arranged lighting, transport and other facilities. These arrangements facilitated local community and tourists to celebrate the festival in a befitting manner.

Furthermore, different unique cultural festivals remin regular features of the main carnival. Amlng them slaughter of sacrificial goats, traditional dance and making effigies of different animals with wheat flour.

The festival will continue till December 22. The phase of bonfire competitions in the Chawmoss festival has already completed.

Meanwhile, children gather at their sacred place, collect twigs and branches of pine trees. They made bonfire to show skills in making high flames and smoke.

Chitirmas festival in Kalash

While talking to private news channels, Kalash people shared that Chawmoss festival holds great importance among them.  Kalasha people celebrate it with a colourful swirl of traditional dances and foods. Specially, they also pray chants to the Balomain spirit.

Besides, the locals perform rituals for purification during the festival at the dawn of the new year.

Kalash people mainly live in Ramboor, Bamburet and Birrir valleys in Chitral. They enjoy religious freedom. Annually, they celebrate the Chawmoss and other festivals.

During the Chitirmas festival, which marks the end of the fieldwork and harvest, Kalash people make their wishes for the New Year. However they do so while dancing in chorus, dressed in colorful robes.

The Kalash women and girls decorate their houses. Dancing and rhythmical chant to the drumbeat accompanied other rituals.

The women and girls are attiring in their traditional black robes, ornate cowries shelled headdresses and adorned with colored necklaces and danced in a circle.

At a high plateau outside the village where the long night of performing dances held, they gathered in processions also for prayers.


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