Nauroze festival celebrates in upper Chitral
CHITRAL: The Nauroze festival or locally called pathak dik
was celebrated with low profiles due to the extended spate of
rainfalls and the incident of Susoom Karimabad valley
in which nine students lost their lives when snow avalanche hit
Anwar Baig from Garam Chashma valley, told Chitral Times on
telephone that all scheduled functions were cancelled for the day
to mourn the tragic incident of the Karimabad valley.
The one-day festival is celebrated in the Lotkoh and Mastuj valleys
of Chitral where it is celebrated on 21st March every year to
accord welcome to the spring season.
A festival of Iranian origin, it is celebrated in the Ismaili
dominated areas of the district including Karim Abad, Arkari, Garam
Chashma and Mastuj where houses are renovated and decorated for the
occasion while the people pass the time in merry-making and visit
each other and make exchange of gifts.