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Cheelim Jusht (spring festival)

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Cheelim Jusht (spring festival)

Tour Duration: 13 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Pakistan
Specialty Categories: Off-road Adventure Archeology/History
Season: May
Tour Customizable: Yes

Spring is welcomed to the valleys with girls singing and dancing on
the roofs for the Kirik Pushik, the festival of the first flower
blooming. In spring women are allowed to enter the restricted upper
valleys, with the Siu Wajik rite, in which a girl crushes three
walnuts as an offering on the boundary bridge.
Joshi, the main spring festival, is held in May. All the houses and
the temple of the goddess Jeshtak are decorated with walnut branches
and flowers, and milk is distributed to all the villagers.
Dressed in new clothes, the women dance while the elder men sing songs
of epic and romance. All the fairies in the hills gather, it is said,
to watch the Kalasha wave walnut branches in time to the chanting of
sacred Gatch (asking for abundant milk) by the religious leaderAfter
this festival is announced people store milk in their barns where they
keep their livestock. Those who have big flocks and milk in greater
quantity, they do not start storing their milk from the first day.
Those who have small flocks they start storing their milk from the
first day to the tenth day. After ten days are completed women and
children go to bring the yellow flowers ( bisha push) from the
pastures. These flowers bloom when no other flower blooms in the area.
The next day early in the morning these flower are put in the doors of
all the houses and barns and the temple doors. All the doors of the
buildings owned by Kalash are decorated with these flowers. On this
same day the festival starts, this day’s celebration is called “c’irik
pipi”. Which means, “drink the milk.” The words of this phrase are
the polite accents of the two words “c’ir” milk “pi” drink. In this
festival women sing the melodious song “para para may bayaa zhoshi
gos’t’ para c’irik pipi o shishamond hawaw.” Which means “I went to my
brothers barn on the festival of zhoshi and look it is the time of
c’irik pipi.” This meaning is what the words say but it can have
another meaning too. Some of the songs sung in festivals have funny
meanings some times they are about love. So women go from one barn to
the other and collect milk for home. Every village has its own
festival of the day. The rich family who can afford to make cheese,
they give cheese whole the villagers. After this festival they take
the goats to the higher pastures.We celebrate the arrival of spring
season with new hopes and aspiration.

Day 01 Islamabad.
Morning arrive Islamabad, meet and transfer to hotel to centrally air
conditioned hotel Blue Sky. Evening city tour of Islamabad and
Rawalpindi, and a shopping trip to Supper Market to explore the market
for carpets and rugs gathered here from Iran, Afghanistan, China,
Uzbekistan etc, over night at hotel.

Day 02 Peshawar .
Morning after breakfast drive to Peshawar, afternoon visit the
archeological museum and evening at leisure ,overnight hotel.
Day 3: Chitral
Early morning drive to Chitral passing through scenic valleys and
mountains. By this moment we shall be in the Hindukush mountain ranges
after passing through lowari pass. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Chitral
Visit Kalash Valley and meet Alexander’s decendents. Visit the local
houses to observe the life style of Kalash tribe. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 Kalash valley.
Morning drive to Kalash valleys, afternoon excursion to Rambur and
Evening enjoy the Kalash dance and music. meals and overnight hotel.
Day 06:
Kalash Spring Festival in Bumburet

Day 7 :
Enjoy Festival

Day 8:
Enjoy the end of the festival.

Swat – Departure early morning and visit Gandhara & Hindu Shahi
ruins on way

Swat – Departure Late morning for Kalamand visit Madyan in way.

Swat – Visit Ushu Valley and move back to Swat by evening.

Islamabad - Departure via Shangla Pine Forest and Abbottabad. End of

Cost Includes:

• Accommodation in first class hotels on twin share.
• Air conditioned transport.
• Toll taxes and parking fees.
• Daily continental breakfast.
• Entrance fee at places mentioned.

Cost does not include:

• Medical or baggage insurance.
• Expenses of personal nature.
• Guide charges, lunches and dinner.
• Tips and gratuities.
• Beverages, aerated drinks
• Airfares and airport taxes.
• Any other services not specified.

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