Kalash summer festival ‘Ochal’ begins in Rumbur
19 Aug, 2016
Chitral — The fourÂ day Kalash summer festival ‘Ochal’ began in Rumbur and willÂ conclude atÂ midnight 23 Aug in Bumburet. The festival is a thanks giving event after the cattle return fromÂ summer pastures. The shepherds distribute cheese and milk products amongst the villagers, while the finest piece of cheese is presented at the altar of ‘Malosh’ their chief diety also known as ‘sajigor’ in Rumbur and ‘Mahadev’ in Bumburet. During this festival the Kalash bid farewell to all mourning that were being observed so far and they do this with the beat of drums and dancing. This year although the Kalash faced cross border terrorism but appeared somewhat solaced after five terrorists were killed by the law enforcing agencies. — Muhkamuddin, Chitral.