Kalash festival chitrmas concluding ceremony
CHITRAL: The death of two persons in Bumburate valley led to
the cancellation of the concluding ceremony of the winter festival
Chitramas of Kalash tribes whose chief event was making prediction
by the bitans (religious leaders) by observing the movement of a
captivated fox freed on the occasion.
Talking to Chitral Times , Luke Rahmat Kalash, said that it was for
the second time in his life that the ceremony was canceled due to
the death of community members while this time a woman and young
boy of teen age had died.
“If the captivated fox jumps to the human settlements of the
valleys, the year is predicted to be pleasant in terms of good
health of the people and their cattle, high production of milk and
honey as well as cereal crops and the fruit trees”, he said added
that this ceremony is called Louve Nezik while the non-Kalash
people are allowed to the festival only on this occasion.
He said that this was the first day of the year of Kalash calendar
and as per Kalash code of belief, the gods visited the valleys and
met them on this day.
Announcement of the engagements of boys and girls is yet another
activity of the festival who solemnizes the marriage on the
occasion of spring festival chilim jusht in May next year and this
time the number could not ascertained as the ceremony could not be
The people of the three valleys will go on virtual hibernation for
the coming two months as the residents will confine themselves to
their homes due to the intense cold and snow fall and this year
their hardships are multiplied by the flash floods that had
devastated the valley roads.
Sub-divisional police officer of Drosh circle, Zafar Ahmed said
that tight security arrangement had been made in all the three
valleys during the festival that last for two weeks.