Shandur Festival is celebrated during 9-11 July of each year on Shadure top Polo Ground. Where Polo teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral compete each other and thousands of tourists enjoy this traditional festival. The Tourism Department G.B sponsors this event to attract the tourists in the region and to preserve the indigenous culture of free styl Polo Gilgit-Baltistan.
Haimaaz/ Be Ganik / Tukhum Razi
Haimaaz is first festival of the year, it is the symbol of beginning of the year and attention to people ready for cultivation. On this Occasion women makes a favorite dishes “Ghoom Fulai” and “Shoshp” at house, after the dinner the old man or honor of the house makes two boys symbolically a pair of ox and the honor binds it in (hall) and ploughing with the pair. It is just like a fun and all the people enjoy very much. Tourism Department celebrate this festival annually in Yasin, Phanadar and Ishkoman proper with the collaboration of Local communities.
It is celebrates when the wheat is ripened and fully ready to harvest. It is very old tradition to welcome the grains of wheat at homes. The people feel happy on this cultural day. In the early morning all the people wake up and after having breakfast they get ready to celebrate the Shishogot. The aged men or women of the village gather at a place and come to wheat fields. From the fields they get some grains of wheat and put them into a bow having full of “Lasi”. After that one by one they take a sip of Lasi in a wooden spoon. Women makes different dishes at homes especially rice, meat or chicken. A local dishes is prepared on this day is “Goli”,wisken is eaten by dipping it in melted butter. Goli is very tasty dish and all the people like it very much. Also people celebrate very much on this day.
The second most crop of the Punial is Maize. It is cultivated in the mid of May and harvested in October. As the weather becomes cold after the month of October and crop is also ready to harvest in this month. When all the fields become empty at the end of October, people let their animals to fees on the open fields. No one is restricted to move on any field. All the animals are freely feed on the fields. After one week this cultural day is celebrated. Women make different local dishes on this day especially “GhoomFullai”.
Ghizer becomes cold and below freezing point during the moth of December, January, and February. To reduce the harshness of winters and to balance the protein requirement in the body, majority people slaughter animals during the last week of November or first week of December and freez the slaughtered meat and use it till 20th March of each year. This tradition is called Dashti or Nasalo.