nowruz

Nowruz

Nowruz is a festival celebrated in the countries heavily influenced by Iranian culture and civilization and particularly those belongs to shai faith as a start of new year on 21st of March every year. It is celebrated in different ways in different districts of Gilgit Baltistan following are few practices on Nowroz in Hunza and Chitral. Nowruz in […]

Kilao

Kilao

In the ancient times when food was scarce in the mountaineous regions, a limited variety of local fresh fruits and veggies produced were used to preserve systematically to utilize during the time of food shortage, especially in harsh winters. These products, some of them are still produced today as specialty of each district of Gilgit-Baltistan, are […]

supandur and gal

Thomal

Thomal describes a practice followed by people living in the northern mountainous region of Pakistan, especially in Hunza. Thomal basically is a smoke emanating from burning of basic three kinds of dry herbs locally called Supandur seeds, gulgul and Gal (Juniper) leaves. Only gulgul or a small proportion of gal and supandur is mixed and […]

Bukak and roasted dry fruit

Bukak

Nowruz is a festival celebrated in the countries heavily influenced by Iranian culture and civilization and particularly those belongs to shai faith as a start of new year on 21st of March every year.  The notion of Nowruz that I grew up with is a festival celebrated to welcome the spring “the rebirth of everything dead”. […]

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