Kalash Festival

The Kalash have three colorful festivals to the Kalash these festivals are the culminations of religious life and, like the big funerals, they unite the people. CHILMJUSHT (14th -15th May) CHILIMJUSHT THE SPRING FESTIVAL, in the middle of May lasts for four days. The spring festival honors the fairies and also safeguards the goats and shepherds before they go to the pastures. Before the festival, the women and girls gather from all over the valley and decorate their houses. Inside the houses, local wine and milk products are shared. The women then sprinkle milk on Goddess ” Jestak ” the protector of their children and home. The festival begins at Rumbur where the Shaman (soothsayer) and tribal chiefs lead a procession to the ” Malosh altar”, high above Grum, to sacrifice goats to the Gods. Later the festival moves on to Bumboret and ends up at Birir, a few days later. Every religious ceremony is accompanied by dancing and a rhythmical chant to the beat of the drum. The women wearing their traditional black robes, ornate cowries shelled headdresses and adorned with colored necklaces, dance in a circle. Then the men join in: it may be a man and women or a man in the middle with women on each side, lovers being free to intermingle. One hand is held around the waist of the partner and the other around the shoulders. Tribal chiefs in colorful dresses narrate stories of bygone days and events. UCHAO O UTCHAL (19th – 20th August) UCHAL FESTIVAL, in August marking the harvest of wheat and barley and bringing down of cheese from the high summer pastures. It is celebrated in Rumbur and Bumboret. Earlier in July, it starts as the” Ranat” with dances held on alternate days performed by the young girls and boys in order to safeguard the maize crop. CHOIMUSK (7th to 22nd December) CHOMOS FESTIVAL. As winter starts around mid-December the Chomos festival begins. The festival is observed for the divine, the living and dead relatives, for the crops and the goats to be safeguarded, while the community, the village, and the valley are purified prior to the coming year. Sighting a fox is a good omen and great efforts are made in this regard. At dusk, torch-lit processions are led from all the nearby villages culminating at the “Charsue” which is the main customary dancing place. Most of the festivities are indoors where the local wine is handed around as the dance gathers momentum carries out till late in the night around the bonfire. While the tribal elders sit on hilltops at dawn to watch the rising sun and declare the New Year. Goat sacrifices are then made to the Goddess “Jastak”, blood from the animal is sprinkled at the temple Jastak An. This is the time when “Balimine” another great God visits the Kalash valley once a year and sacrifices are made at his” Malosh. Altar” too
1Departure/Return LocationInternational Airport, Islamabad
2Departure TimeMountain Range: Hindokush
3Elevation: 2200Best Time: 14th – 15th May/19th – 20th August/7th – 22nd December
4Duration: 11 DaysZone: Open
Services Include:
Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Air-conditioned luxury transport
English speaking tour guide
Entry fees
toll taxes
Domestic flights tickets
Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels
Member international flight tickets
Member personal insurance and all personal expenses such as telephone calls, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks,
Helicopter emergency rescue fees
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