By Mirbaz Khan
Kithdhit festival was celebrated across Gojal Valley on Sunday. The traditional festival is celebrated across Gojal Valley to bid farewell to winter season and start the process of agricultural activities.
A day before Kithdhi, the Shogun Putuks (people belonging to a tribe that was the first to settle in Gojal Valley) distribute tepesk or popsheng (plants used to light fire) to the people of the villages across the valley.
On the day of the festival, women clean the roof of their homes with the help of popsheng and then decorate it with flour. Special dishes, such as khesta (bread) and shulbut (a type of porridge), are also served on the day.
Married women also go to their fathers’ homes to wish them Kithdhit. Men across the valley attend a ritual to celebrate the festival, where the elders and people who have lost their near and dear ones lately are treated with the highest degree of respect.
One of the most prominent facets of Kithdhit, which attracts the youth and children, is a game called Tuksuri. The game starts after the celebration of Kithdhit.