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Sword dance during Jashn-e-Ghanche, Photo: Asghar Khan
Sword dance during Jashn-e-Ghanche, Photo: Asghar Khan

Jashn-e-Ghanche 2013 concludes in Khaplu

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Sword dance during Jashn-e-Ghanche, Photo: Asghar Khan

Sword dance during Jashn-e-Ghanche, Photo: Asghar Khan

Jashn-e-Ghanche, sponsored by the Gilgit-Baltistan tourism department and organized by local non-profit organizations, concluded in Khaplu, Tuesday.

According to reports, hundreds of people attended the festival’s closing ceremony, including domestic and foreign tourists, public figures and government representatives.

Tourists at the 2013 Jashn-e-Ghanche

Tourists at the 2013 Jashn-e-Ghanche, Photo: Asghar Khan

A number of traditional items added colour to the event, including traditional dances, sword dance, folk songs and satires. Polo match was also played on the occasion.

Reports said that GB Chief Minister, Syed Mehdi Shah, presented trophies to the polo teams. Prizes were also distributed among the best performers of the festival.

Polo match during the 2013 Jashn-e-Ghanche, Photo: Asghar Khan

Polo match during the 2013 Jashn-e-Ghanche, Photo: Asghar Khan

Ghanche is a district located to the far east of GB. It is counted among one of the coldest places in Pakistan. People also call it the “Third Pole” for its severely cold winter.

Local organizations and NGOs, in collaboration with the GB government,  have been organizing Jashn-e-Ghanche every year in the district since the last several years.  Organizers of the event said the festival’s aim is to promote tourism in the district, preserve and promote culture of the region besides sending a message of peace throughout GB.

Jashn-e-Ghanche 2013

GB Chief Minister, Syed Mehdi Shah, presenting trophy to the polo match winner team during the 2013 Jashn-e-Ghanche, Photo: Asghar Khan

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