Spring the king of all seasons in Gilgit Baltistan
The king of all season known as spring blossom, the reason for that everyone in Gilgit Baltistan waiting for this season appear for whole year ,because the beauty and attraction provided by this season are not provided by any other seasons .The spring is the season of growth. Flowers bloom and new leaves out as the weather becomes so pleasant that everything has new life. As an indication of a new life after harsh winter season, the blossom season appears with a variety of colorful flowers which adorn the atmosphere and bring a new ray of hope for all living things.
Gilgit Baltistan is, perhaps, the most spectacular region of Pakistan in terms of its geography and scenic beauty.Blessed naturally with luxuriantly green cherry, apricot, apple, pears and peach orchards, streams full of dancing waters, roaring rivers and a landscape full of mountains with snow-covered peaks. It brings a unique beauty and sense of freshness which attracts thousands of visitors from abroad especially when cherry blossom is there. The Festival celebrated in this season is called Now Rooz. This festival celebrated on the start of every new year . It is the symbol of beginning of the year and attention people to be ready for cultivation. This festival is mostly celebrated by people of that region because it will breadth a new life for the people after the harsh season of winter that stalled the people life from pleasures. On this Occasion women make local dishes “Ghoom Fulai” and “Shoshp” .
There are different activities occur during spring season, which involve folk dancing and rhythmical chant to a beat of the drum. A seed growing festival is held to formally open the farming season in Gilgit, Hunza and Baltistan. This ceremony depends on when extreme weather conditions become normal and suitable for cultivation. The celebration continues for two days. For this festival people prepare a special dish called Diram or Semn by processing wheat grains for about one month in advance. The Diram is cooked like pudding or halva as well as fresh bread is prepared. Polo tournaments between the local teams of Gilgit, Astore and Skardu are also conducted during this time.
Kithzit is one of the ceremonies celebrated to welcome the spring season and to expulsion the cold season. It marks the end of wordlessness, lazy hibernating winter and gives new working life and regularizes the people for new season to work with greater zeal in the field and outside homes. As the Gilgit-Baltistan valley is highly scattered and the altitude of different valleys vary from others hence this ceremony is performed on different dates. During this ceremony, the cold is symbolically driven out of houses. The Shoghunputuk family has the
privilege to start all the different events in every village. On the evening of the day before Kithzit, a person from Shoghunputuk brings bundles of branches of the wild Sorghum and distributes it to all households. On the day of Kithzit the head of the family cleans the smoke with bundles of the wild Sorghum after which there is an old custom of sprinkling flour over the wall and pillars of the houses.
There is another festival that take place during king of all seasons ,known a Thaghm or Tab Thowa. There is tribe in hunza called Shaghun Puthuks ,that has the duty to perform specific ceremony in which they burn fire in there house to predict the direction of the smoke to determine the location where production wheat will grow more.In the house of Shaghun Puthuks a person is selected for ceremony who dressed specifically according to tradition known as Dhrukhs . From here the Shaghun Puthuks with the symbolic Dhrukhs proceed to a field where all villagers gather and give a warm welcome and protocol to Shaghun Puthuks. In the field the symbolic Dhruksh makes unique actions like an ox. The Khalifa who is a person that performs religious rituals, prays for better crops, unity, and success. After prayer, an elder from Shaghun Puthuk sprinkles seeds to a small area of the field and cultivates the portion of field through traditional ploughing methods. This is the formal opening of cultivation in the village
I think there is no better place to visit except Gilgit Baltistan during months of March to may if you are a traveler, you can see budding of flowers and trees and abundant beautiful resources that you can’t see no where.I recommend you to visit this place during Spring season than you will know what is true beauty called.