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Kalash Culture Spring Festival Chilam Joshi

The festival brought smiles on the unmarried Kalasha boys and girls faces who during the festival get an opportunity to choose their life partners. They announce their life partners name on the last day of the festival. 

Kalashi festivals are famous through out the world. Three festivals are more important celebrated in different months of year. Chilam Joshi is the most important festival celebrated in late May, Uchal in autumn season and Chomos festival during mid winters.

This festival gives an excellent opportunity for far away people to celebrate which gives a message of peace to the world. Kalasha tribe is the most unique tribe of Pakistan in terms of culture, tradition, norms, values and living standard as well as its remoteness. They love for music and they do have great dancing norms and values. It starts at Rumbur valley and then moves on to the other valleys.

Each year in the month of May the tribe celebrates Chilam Joshi Festival for 3 days. In this festival Kalashi people pray for the safeguard of their fields and animals before going to their fields and for this purpose they used to spread milk on their gods.

In this festival the tribe dances, they distribute foods and so many gifts to each other. People of Kalash valley love music and dance on the beat of drums. Women dance in circle on different songs. The women were dressed up in traditional clothes of vibrant colours and were adorned with dayglo floral pattern with the combination of beaded necklaces, gold and silver jewellery and elaborate headgear. Men wore traditional Shalwar Kameez with a woolen waistcoat.

The annual festival was held in three Kalash valleys of Bumburate, Birir and Rumbur where Kalasha girls and boys danced to the tune of traditional drum beats. A large number of tourists including foreigners from all over the world attended the festival.

Kalash is famous for the music and dance festivals, and the people are known for their relaxed and loving life approach; in fact Kalashi’s is doing not even mourn on deaths. They are very connected to nature, and every year they host different festivals to thank their Gods. The festival brought smiles on the unmarried Kalasha boys and girls faces who during the festival get an opportunity to choose their life partners. They announce their life partners name on the last day of the festival.

An interesting fact about Kalashi people is that they do not mourn on the deaths. According to locals Kalash people are descendants of the great warrior king Alexander the Great of Greece. They corpses are buried above the ground in wooden boxes instead of being buried in the ground. Indeed observing such a unique culture give you some extraordinary experience in your life.

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