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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Four Seasons in Gilgit Baltistan

God has gifted Gilgit Baltistan with so many beautiful sights. The natural beauty of GB is famous the world over. This region is called a paradise for tourists. One of the key characteristics of these areas is the distinctive nature of different seasons.

Spring Season

The spring is the season of growth. Flowers bloom and new leaves out as the weather becomes so pleasant that everything has new life.   As an indication of a new life after harsh winter season, the blossom season appears with a variety of colourful flowers which adorn the atmosphere and bring a new ray of hope for all living things. It brings a unique beauty and sense of freshness which attracts thousands of visitors from abroad especially when cherry blossom is there.  The Festival celebrated in this season is called Now Rooz. This is the first festival of the year celebrated in GB on 21st March of each year. It is the symbol of beginning of the year and attention people to be ready for cultivation. On this Occasion women make local dishes “Ghoom Fulai” and “Shoshp” and men enjoy traditional games and start working in the fields. 

Summer Season

The summer has its own taste as the natural beauty reach its peak.  The summer in the Gilgit Baltistan is of greater attraction. One may visit lush green valleys decorated with corn fields, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Farmer working in the field adds yet another beauty depicting the hard work, social life and harmony. The flow of springs, streams and waterfalls are enough to entertain visitors of all age and taste. A combination of fresh fruits and local dishes make a taste apart. A festival is celebrated when the wheat is ripened and fully ready to harvest. It is very old tradition to welcome the grains of wheat at homes. The people feel happy on this cultural day. In the early morning all the people wake up and after having breakfast they get ready to celebrate the harvest day. In this day different kinds of traditional foods are cooked and have lots of fun.

Autumn

In autumn the temperature drops as the summer ends. The leave change their colour and fall. The colour of the leaves change into golden and yellow offers a magnificent look for visitors. Autumn appears with a different and new look as a farewell to summer and welcoming the winter. The autumn is a sort of wrap up season of all the activities in the field pastures. Some of fruits ripe in this season are very delicious and tasty. A culture day is also celebrate in this season by the people GB.

Winter

The winter in Gilgit Baltistan is harsh but has its own taste. It brings a new colour and feeling due to snow fall. The small water streams and even sides of rivers freeze up. This brings an opportunity for winter sports skiing, football and cricket on the ice. One of the unique things about GB is trophy hunting which is a famous winter sport. GB becomes cold and below freezing point during the month of December, January, and February. To reduce the harshness of winters and to balance the protein requirement in the body, majority people slaughter animals during the last week of November or first week of December and store the slaughtered meat to use it till end of the winter season. This tradition is called Dashti or Nasalo.


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