CHITRAL: The two-day festival of Pathak Dik observed by the Ismaili sect of Muslims concluded in Garam Chashma of Lot Koh valley here on Saturday.
The people decorated and whitened houses with wheat flour during the festival.
A special ceremony was held at the tomb of Sufi saint Pir Nasir Shah Khusro, who had come to the region from Central Asia in 18th century for preaching Islam.
Anwar Baig of Garam Chashma said the festival marked the day when the saint ended 40-day prayer in isolation. He said the festival was meant to pay homage to the saint and urge people to cleanse their inner selves from sins.
The resident said the lavish distribution of cheese breads and desi ghee at the tomb and dispatch of special gifts by the people to their marrieddaughters reminded the magnanimity of the saint.
Published in Dawn, February 3rd, 2019