Kalash community celebrated ‘Phool festival’ in Chitral

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CHITRAL, Oct 17 (APP):Kalash community of Chitral celebrated its annual two-day colorful Kalash Phool Festival with traditional zeal and fervor, here on Wednesday. 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, singing songs in the local language and perform traditional dances throughout the two-day festival.
Elderly women preparing traditional caps decorated with flowers and put these colorful caps on the head of those young girls who reach to the age of 10 years whereas men and youngsters fully take
part in the celebrations.
Tourists from across the country flock to the region to celebrate the Festival.
Organizing 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 problem 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 address the problems being faced by the people living in the region.
Tourists from China, USA, Scotland, UK and other countries also participated in the festival.