CHITRAL: Kalash community celebrated its annual colourful two-day Kalash Phool Festival with traditional zeal and fervor. The festival marks the reaping of grapes & walnuts harvests.
Phool festival is one of the four festivals celebrated every year by the community. People of the community adorn their heads with flower, sing songs in the local language and perform traditional dances throughout the two-day festival.
Elderly women wear traditional caps decorated with flowers whereas men and youngsters fully take part in the celebrations.
Tourists from across the country flock to the region to celebrate the festival. Organising such kinds of festival aimed at to attract more tourists to the scenic valley as tourism is the only source of income for most of population of Chitral.
However, locals complained that dilapidated roads are the biggest problems in the region keeping the tourists away to visit the area. “The people from all over Pakistan want to visit Kalash valley to witness its festival but broken roads keep them away,” said Saifullah, a local resident
The federal government has promised to construct the road leading to Bamborat and Rambor and locals hoped that tourists from all over the world will get the chance to witness the festivities if the government addresses the problems being faced by the people living in the region.