Kalash Valley - New legislation on the Customs and Traditions of the Valley

In the month of October, there is a festival of grape and walnut masonry in the Brar Valley of Kalash. This bridge is known as the Festival. The harvesting of these crops before the start of the due date is prohibited. Violators have to pay a fine. On the appointed day, the elder of the valley picks a bunch of grapes and starts masonry. Herds of cattle that have gone to the mountains return to the valley on this festival. In other valleys of Kalash, Bamburit and Rombor, this festival is celebrated in the month of September under the name of Uchhal.

Located at the foot of Mount Hindu Kush, a two-hour drive from Chitral, the Kalash valleys attract tourists from all over the world because of their religion and customs. The area is also known as Kafiristan. The religion of the people here is Kailash. Fire and idols are worshiped at festivals but now some people have also converted to Islam. There is no restriction on getting modern education as tourists from all over the world have been coming here for the last 30 years. Has changed people's minds.

Where do women go on maternity and special days?

Even today, the people of Kalash like to walk with the thousands of years old Aryan civilization. In the middle of one of the main rooms is a wood-burning stove, which is used to keep houses warm and to cook. People work in the fields, graze cattle, and do business and work. Traditionally, At the time of childbirth, women are moved out of the village to a specific homestead where they go through the delivery and subsequent stages. There are regular rituals for returning home with the child. Similarly, even on special days, girls and women live in Bashali where they are provided with all the facilities and they enjoy this stay very much. The special thing about Bashali is that men do not touch the walls of Bashali and this The reason they say is unclean.

The custom of running away a girl

In Kalash, there is no restriction on veiling or meeting men and women. Life is free to choose a spouse and traditionally a boy chases away a girl of his choice who is later tied in marriage. Married women can also run and choose a second husband if they can pay more than the first husband.

Celebrating death

Here, like the birth of a child, death is celebrated as a regular celebration. Members of all tribes gather to perform rituals, sacrifice animals, and make feasts. Until recently, the dead were enclosed in coffins and kept in a special place for the dead to be eaten by animals. But this is no longer the case and the coffins are buried in the ground.

3 festivals of Kalash

The Kalash Valley is also very romantic due to its traditional festivals. The three festivals attract thousands of tourists every year. Women wear traditional brightly colored embroidery and pearls while men wear shalwar kameez and vests to welcome the new season. This summer festival brings joy, peace and cultural splendor. In this festival, young boys and girls choose their spouses.

The second big festival is Achal which is celebrated in August and people celebrate after the harvest. They gather in a large field outside the village and celebrate their harvest.

The third festival, Chatramas, is celebrated in December. It is a festival of prayers for the end of the year and for the next year. Various actions are performed throughout the night.

Kalash Valley and imprisonment of law

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has recently approved the establishment of the Kalash Valley Development Authority to preserve the old Kalash Valley civilization with a population of 400,000. After the establishment of this authority, no further construction will be allowed in the residential area of ​​Kalash. Apart from this, work will also be done to reduce poverty in the area and increase health and education facilities. Similarly, the work being done here by various organizations will be monitored.

Work is also underway on the passage of the Kalash Marriage Act keeping in view the customs and traditions of Kalash. There is no paperwork for registration of marriage and divorce, inheritance etc. in this area due to which many legal complications arise. The Ministry of Minority Affairs is working on the Kalash Marriage Act in consultation with 74 judges, lawyers and elders of the Kalash tribe to protect the rights of women, especially those who marry people from outside the area. They are bound together and lose some kind of protection.

Preserving ancient civilizations like Kalash is not only a part of the continuity of life but also an attraction for tourists in the area who are a major source of financial prosperity.

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