Jashan- e- Chitral
15 to 22 Sept 2005
pleasure to inform you that Jashan-e- Chitral 2005 is being arranged from 15
to 22 September.
This is a
week long festival of cultural activities and traditional sports of the
mountain communities of the Hindukush & Karakorum region.
festival has been revived after 21 years through initiative from CAMAT (
Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism ). The festival involves
organizing the event through community participation and volunteers taken from
different sections of society .
ex-state of Chitral encouraged Jashan e Chitral and other cultural activities.
Besides traditional sports music and polo were events where teams from
different administrative units took part. The winning teams in all events were
honoured with privileges. The Jashan was given large publicity and provided an
opportunity for the different
to come closer to each other . In the Jashan various indigenous events were
arranged such as poetry, sitar music and traditional sports. Later, due to
lack of patronage in the 70’s the Jashan could not be held for many years. At
the same time imported sports got introduced through the electronic media.
CAMAT (Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism) realized there was still
time to revive the traditional sports. The Chitrali elders and youth were
motivated and Jashan e Chitral is now revived.
the following events are scheduled.
Traditional dancing & singing
Archery contest between Nuristani tribes
Swimming across torrential rivers
Rock climbing at ShaSha cliffs
Rafting down Chitral river
Wild mountain polo , horse races and Buz Kashi
Traditional wrestling and tug of war, shot puts
Wrestling on wooden logs placed high over water
Sitar music, Mushaira and local Drama
Traditional handicrafts on display
Kalash festival events in Birir
groups from different regions of Chitral performing sitar music & dancing.
Teams from Northern area will also be participating in some of the events.
The Jashan is now attracting enthusiastic domestic and International
tourists film crews and journalists. As we had informed you last year the
Jashan e Chitral is now a calendar event on fixed dates . Like Shandur
festival each year you can now plan this as well in your itineraries .
If there is
any help required please contact CAMATs office in Chitral which will be glad
to assist you.
forward to your participation in the Jashan .
Source: Asghar Ali Porik
M/s Jasmine Tours
GPO Box 859, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Tel: 0092-51-5586823 Fax:
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