A three-day district level ‘Spring Festival’ was celebrated in Chitral town from 9th-11th May, 2016. The event was organized in collaboration with implementing partner, Chitral Youth Club for Peace and Development (CYCPD). This event was one of the two district level festivals planned to be held in district Chitral under the project titled, ‘Harnessing Indigenous Culture for Economic Development of Artisans and Social Harmony’.
This intervention is aimed at reviving 19 traditional festivals including local and district level events in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Chitral under the leadership of Hashoo Foundation (HF) in partnership with the Centre for Culture and Development (CKU).
Mr. Usama Ahmad Waraich, Deputy Commissioner Chitral, graced the festival with his presence as Chief Guest.
Traditional songs and dances were presented by artisans including Sword dance, Barwazi dance Dani dance and traditional songs. Famous comedians entertained the audience with role plays and stand-up comedy. During the three-day long festival, various traditional games and contests were also held. These games included Freestyle Polo, Buzkashi, Chaht Chahto Drek, Donkey Polo, Tug of War, traditional wrestling, stone throwing and archery to name a few.
The event was greatly enjoyed by all and more than 6000 people attended. Audience appreciated the efforts being made to revive cultural events. Mr. Usama Ahmad Waraich, Deputy Commissioner Chitral showed his commitment to make four festivals a regular feature of the government calendar including the Spring Festival. He said that every possible step will be taken to preserve the beautiful culture of Chitral.