Annual religious festival of Kalash community Chomas on its peak.
CHITRAL: Annual religious festival of Kalash community Chatarmas (Chomas) is being celebrating in three valleys of Kalash community Rumbor, Bumborate and Birir. But the festival is on its peaks these days. The religious festival has been started from December 7 but it will be on its peak on 20, 21 and 22 December Simultaneously in these three valleys. During the annual festival which is celebrating every year in winter season Kalash men and women perform folk dance which is a part of their worship, they sacrifice animals like Muslim sacrificing animal on Eidul Azha and they offer Dua for new year to be good luck for them. Hence during the Chatarmas festival Kalash not allow any Muslim for three days to enter neither the valley nor any Kalsh who coming from outside (other valley) they kill their animal from back side not slaughter them its meat is distributing among them and drink local wine jointly. Hence there are some other mysterious customs, habits, events of Kalsh people which are not performing openly. Hence on the final day of the festival Kalash (Non Muslim) which have very unique culture and rare generation of the world together and perform dance at their dance places. Their men beating drum and their religious leaders which are called Qazi singing religious and historical songs and their relative put rupees note in their cap. They usually appreciating bravely, good works, generously and every notable work of their elders in their songs and other Kalash hailing them. Kalash people celebrating 4 festivals a year and this is the last one of this series. They gathering from each village and performing dance on the beating of drum and forwarding in procession towards dancing place. They also predicted for New Year and consider it a good and pray for carrying happiness for them. At last they presenting very unique performance as well as dancing jointly men and women and praying for New Year and dispersed. A large number of domestic and well as foreign tourists approach the valley to enthrall from these colorful events of very unique and rare nation of the world.
Special Education Institution closed for the last two months.
CHITRAL: Special Education Institution Zargrandeh Chitral has been closed for the last two months due to fault in school van using for carrying students from their houses. There are 40 special (disable) students enrolled in this institution and only one vehicle for their pick and drop. Hence failure of its engine this official vehicle which is usually known as flying coach has been parked as a result the institution also close for the last two months and 18 staff members in the institution are also without any performance. Syed Nabi Hussain Principal of Special Education Institution Chitral confirmed closing of this institution for the last two months due to fault in official van. Responding to a question he said that we also feel hesitation to draw our monthly salaries for the last two months without performing our duties because the institution is close and the teaching staff have no option else to perform their duty. He said that the only vehicle which was carrying these special (handicapped) children from their houses and were dropping them back is out of order and its engine has been damaged and that is why the institution is closed as a result precious time of these special students are wasting. He said that we have contacted District Coordination Officer (DCO) who also paid a visit to the school and assured for early repair of official van so as to open the institution for special children and their study resumed once again. Meanwhile president of Legal Aid Forum for Human Rights (LAFH) Abdul Nasir expressed his great concern over closing of special education institution for the last two months due to fault in its official van. He also lamented provincial government who not consider the issue seriously and still not arranged for repair or replacing of that faulty van. He demanded from the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtoonhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti for releasing special fund on emergency basis for repair and maintenance of school van using for carrying of special children to this institution to open the school immediately. Because these special children are also have important role in our society and they are our part.
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