Locals celebrate Shandur festival amid pandemic

LASPUR: As the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzed routine life, people of Upper Chitral and Ghizer did not look to the government and as usual celebrated the annual Shandur festival from July 22 to 25 this year.

This added to their joys and satisfaction to continue their decades-old tradition without any disturbance from outside to the natural environment.

It may be recalled that in 1997 and 1998 when the district administration had no resources to organize the annual festival in the first week of July the people of Ghizer and Laspur did not miss the opportunity and celebrated it with full vigour.

The locals are of the view that residents of the two districts of Upper Chitral and Ghizer in collaboration with the civil society would also arrange the festival in the year 2021.–Shahzada Ibrahim