Kalash 29 November 2011: The elders from Kalash valley Mumuret village Anish met last night and conformed the ‘Hand Sarik Festival’ which is one of the biggest festivals in Kalash culture. Ms. Syed Gul Kalash told Kalasha Times on telephone that ‘date is not conform, it may be held on 11 or 12 December 2011’
Mean while Mr. Wazir Zada Manager Ayun and Valleys Development Program told the Kalasha Times that CIADP was allocated 1.7 million rupees to construct this temple. The building is constructed according to Kalash architect although people were demanded G.I sheets for the roof of temple according Mr. Wazir ‘I reject that and told the people to retain their cultural identity’ Mr. Wazir further added that ‘Zhoshi Karikyen (Dance Place) in Rukmu at Grom village is almost ready which is constructed at cost of 3.4 million rupees and facilitated with public toilets to make it better place for Kalasha community’. When Kalasha Times contacted Mr. Sher Mohammad Khan ex-councilor and leader of the community where the ceremony is taking place, to know the exact date of the ceremony he say that ‘it’s not conformed yet because some work are in progress’ he added that ‘ it might be happen on 11th and 12th of December 2011.
People are waiting to celebrate the wonderful temple opening ceremony this year which is built with financial support of CIADP and AVDP is almost ready now.
How the young generation described the Hand Sarik festival bellow is some brilliant work done by Mr. Imran Kabir Bazik a young and talented man who has written ‘The Kalasha and Kalasha Tradition’
“Hand (the temple) is called Rikhinyi in the Kalash valley Biriu. It’s a place a big room where men, women, and children altogether perform certain traditions. Every clan makes his own temple. The material to make a temple is gathered by the people who are making a temple for themselves. When the temple is completed the dedication ceremony takes place. This ceremony is called “Hand sarik” which mean, “to assemble in the temple” everybody is invited in the custom people from all clans, valleys and ages. When the people from different clans and villages or valleys come to celebrate the ceremony a custom called “dur ghriik” which means to block the door in order to stop people entering the new temple. The guests struggle to get in because the door is blocked by the strongest people in the clan, which is blocking and there is a big fire made under the hole in the roof for exhaust. Sometimes people jump inside the temple from the top saving them-selves from the fire. When someone from the guest clan enters the temple he just beat the musical instrument inside there and then the blockage is released.“ Bal’ima’n’in” which means “the divine granter or provider” also comes to see this ceremony and to listen to the prayers of his people from Tsiam. Every hand has got a Jes’t’ak on which the blood is sprinkled when a sacrifice is done. All these Jes’t’aks in the ancient temples are set towards the west toward Tsiam. The blood is also sprinkled in the same direction”