Noroz Festival Celebrated
Annual Festival of Noroz Celebrated at Chitral.
By: Gul Hamaad Farooqi
CHITRAL: Annual festival of Noroz was celebrated by Ismaili Muslim community in different parts of Chitral. Noroz festival is simultaneously celebrating at Tajikistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries of the world. Ismaili and Shia Community consider it relic and holy day in memorandum of Hazrat Ali KW the fourth Caliph of Islam. In this connection a colorful function was held at Sewakht Shughor village organized by KADO and Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) Dr. Shahzada Haidarul Mulk was chief guest on the occasion while the ceremony was presided over by Fazal Karim Manager administration of AKRSP Chitral. Different games were played on the occasion but the most interesting match was Tug of War in which shugor team defeated Sewakht team. Traditional food was also displayed on the occasion which was prepared by women folk of the area. Youth as well as old men also performed folk dance on the beating of drum the most interesting dance was cloak dance in which a person perform dance where a cloak lying on the ground and he overwhelms around the cloak with different action. At last he took the cloak and wears it and after that he perform dance speedily. Some other games were also played during the festival while colorful activities enthralled the spectators. At last the chief guest distributed awards among the players and participants of different programs. A large number of people from both community (Sunny and Ismailia) including women folk participated in the function showing great mutual harmony and understanding of both communities causing for exemplary peace of Chitral.
G.H. Farooqi C/O Manager bank Islami Main branch Chitral phone No 0943-320737, 0943-316052, 0943-414418 , 03025989602, 03337069572, 03159698446, 03469002167
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