Festivals Of Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan celebrates a range of colourful festivals & rituals throughout the year. These festivals are a celebration of the unique cultural diversity, the agrarian way of life and varying events in community life.

 

They are an incredibly important part of keeping alive age old traditions; religious and or cultural and are also a great way for visitors to gain an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

 

When you are planning a holiday to Gilgit-Baltistan here are some of the festivals that you may wish to plan your trip around.

 

MONTH

FESTIVALS

OR

CELEBRATIONS

WHERE

January

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February

Spring Celebration (Kardeet / Kizit)
Seed Sowing Festival
Gojal Valley (Upper Hunza Region)
Hunza – held at the historical Altit & Baltit Forts

March

Cleaning of Irrigation Channels
Seed Sowing Festival
Pirkhithn- Thagm / Bofhow / Tab Thowa
Navroz
Gilgit-Baltistan (First week of March)
Gojal Valley: From Shishkat to Gulmit (6thMarch )
Baltistan (21stMarch)
Upper Gojal Valley, Shimshal and Chipurson Valleys: It is celebrated when the weather conditions become suitable for cultivation.
Skardu & Gilgit (21st March)

April

Garukus Festival Hunza Valley

May

Jashan-e-Baharan (Spring festival) All districts of Gilgit-Baltistan

June

Harvesting Festival Hunza & Baltistan (21st June)

July

Shandur Polo Festival
Harvesting Festival
Shandur Pass (7th to 9thJuly 2012)
Baltistan (Entire month of July)
Gojal Valley (12th to 16thJuly)

August

Babusar Cup Polo Tournament
Pakistan Independence Day
Silk Route Festival
Babusar Pass: Located 2 hrs from Chilas, 4 ½ hrs from Gilgit (3 days in early August)
Gilgit, Skardu, Shigar & Khaplu (14thAugust)
Kashgar, China (16th to 22ndAugust)

September

The Arrival of Flocks from the Pastures Gilgit-Baltistan (Late September)

October

The Arrival of Flocks from the Pastures Shimshal (12th to 18th October)

November

Gilgit-Baltistan Independence Day Gilgit, Skardu, Shigar & Khaplu (1st November)

December

Thumushalling Festival Hunza, Gilgit and the Ishkoman Valley (21st December)

 

For more detailed information on each festival please download the PDF document.