Report by Adil Shah
The Baba Ghundi Festival was held on Thursday in Chipurson, a far flung valley in the extreme north of Gilgit-Baltistan. Despite unfavorable weather condition, a number of events were held during the festival, including traditional songs, music, dance and Sufi songs.
Polo and Buz Kashi held during the festival in the valley located near the Pak-Afghan border attracted hundreds of people. Reports say that more than seven hundred people attended the festival. However, the event was interrupted by heavy rainfall. A Sufi night was also held at the end of the festival.
The Deputy Commissioner of Hunza Nagar, Abdul Shakoor, was chief guest of the festival, which was sponsored by the Gilgit-Baltistan tourism department and organized by the Chipurson Local Support Organization (CLSO). Deputy Home Secretary GB, Ehsan Ali, and Director Youth Affairs, Yasir Hussain, also attended the event.
“We enjoyed the festival, but the rain interrupted the festival. We came all the way from Gulmit to attend the festival. I enjoyed the Buz Kashi and had loads of fun,” said Mehrban Karim, who was accompanied by dozens of friends to the festival.
The festival draws its name from a Sufi Saint, Baba Ghundi, whose shrine has been well preserved to this day by the people of Chipurson. It was the fifth Baba Ghundi Festival in Chipurson. The festival was first organized in 2009.