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Taghm festival in Gulmit
Taghm festival in Gulmit

Gojal: Taghm festival celebrated in Gulmit

GULMIT: Taghm festival was celebrated in village Gulmit of Gojal Valley today.The festival marks the start of the spring and farming season in the village. A large number of people, including the elderly and children, attended the colorful event, which is celebrated every year.

The people of Gulmit in particular, and those of Gojal Valley in general, have perfectly preserved the Taghm festival for centuries now. In Gulmit, Taghm is celebrated with zeal and zest in March every year. The villagers will now formally start farming, including irrigation of agricultural lands.

The Taghm festival starts with the preparation of a local cuisine called “Semn” in a cooking procedure dubbed in the Wakhi language as “Pirkiten.” Other traditional foods prepared during the festival include “Mul” and “Bath.”

Taghm Festival in GulmitTaghm festival is underway in Gulmit (Gojal Valley) today. The festival marks the start of the spring and cultivation season in the village after several months of the bone-chilling winter.

This video is from 2014.

Posted by Mountain TV on Saturday, March 4, 2017

The most interesting and exciting part of the Taghm festival is the Tumang, during which members of the “Shogun Putuk” (initiators) tribe officially announce start of the farming season by setting fire to leaves of a plant called “Yarz,” and by throwing wheat seeds on the roof of an old house from inside the house through an opening in the ceiling called “Ricin” in native Wakhi language.

The next interesting performance in the Taghm festival is a game that features a man attired and acting like a bull. He entertains the audience by performing different playful acts.

After the game, the start of farming season is demonstrated with the Shogun Putuks ploughing the field in a traditional way (with the help of bulls), and small children being introduced to farming in a process called “Sk Spunder Khack.” In the end, the festivalgoers enjoy the traditional dishes.

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