CHITRAL: Annual festival of Kalash community Joshi (Chelumjosh) attracted thousands of domestic as well as foreign tourists in the scenic valley of Bumborate, Rumber and Birir. As Kalash people celebrating 2 small and two mega festival each year. This was spring season religious festival of Kalash community having unique culture and declared indigenous people by the UNESCO. The four-days Joshi i festival concluded with much funfair and religious activities in the scenic Kalash valleys of Chitral in three valley Birir, Rumbor and Bumborate.
Barbara had come from France to see this unique cultural cum religious festival of Kalash. She said that we should to respect the values of Kalash community and to preserve this unique culture for coming nations.
Wazir Zada a social activist said that number of Kalash people increasing but even than they facing great problems like lacks of facilities, poor condition of roads etc.
The festival, which heralds the arrival of spring season in Chitral, is usually celebrated in the three Kalash valleys — Bamburet, Birir and Rumbur – , according to a press release issued here by the Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP).
Officials claimed that this year the participation of local and foreign tourists was tremendous and that almost all hotels in Bamburet valley had been booked well before the start of festival.
French, Italian and Australian tourist families stayed in Chitral for several days and enjoyed the local culture, traditions, tourist attractions and festival in the scenic valleys.
As part of the religious and cultural traditions, the locals distributed dry fruits and other gifts among the visitors and guests.
A group of motorcyclists also participated in adventure tourism activities at the festival.
The TCKP had also established a tent village for the tourists. The main feature of the festival is the selection of life partners for unmarried boys and girls.
By Gul Hamaad Farooqi