CHITRAL: The winter festival Chitramas of Kalash people was
held this year with low profile and in simple manner due to the
plane crash of PK 661 on December 7 in which twenty persons from
Chitral lost their lives.
The festival concluded on Friday in the Kalash valleys of Bumburate,
Birir and Rumbur after lasting for nine days while the closing day
coincided with the first day of the year of Kalash calendar.
The closing ceremony of the festival held in Bumburate attracted a
big crowd from all the three valleys in which prediction was made
on the basis of the orientation of the captive fox’s movement set
free from the venue.
Luke Rahmat Kalash told Chitral Times that the bitans (Kalash
religious leaders) drawn from all the three valleys derived the
forecast that the valleys will be free from natural disasters this
had devastated the valleys two years back.
The groups of men and women who had who had volunteered to remain
in seclusion in the cattle houses to please their gods and
goddesses at the start of the festival as obligationsof their
dogma, also came out on this occasion.
The exact number of engagements of the couples could not be known
as per their custom who will knot the ties in the spring festival
Chilim Jusht to be held in the month of May next.
Luke Rahmat said that the Kalash valleys received heavy in the
winter season which confined the residents inside their houses
which is virtually a hibernation period for them and the chitramas
festival was the last in the series of festivals of the season.
This year, a considerable number of foreign tourists also
participated in the festival and many were seen merry-making by
dancing with the Kalash people, he said.