Gulmit, March 7: Tomorrow evening when the sun light climbs the Mount “Chitrooy” two wooden pieces, arrow-like, called “Sutors” will be kept close to the roof window (Risn), by an unmarried young guy in Gulmit and some other villages of Gojal Valley. These pieces of wood are one of the symbols of an agricultual festival known as “Thagam” – derived from the Persian word “Tukhum”, meaning seed. Thagam is an important agricultural festival which marks the arrival of farming season. Farmers will, now, start watering their fields, a phenomenon called “Wuruwn” in the local Wakhi language.
This festival is celebrated over a two days period. The first event of this festival is called “Pirkiten”. During “Pirkitn” the delicious cultural dish SEMN is prepared. “Mul” is another speical dish prepared for this festival. During Pirkitn the “Sutors” are also made from a plant that is locally called “Pishpishunuk”.
The next day “Thumang” is performed by members of the Shogun Putuk tribe, in a very old house, in the vicinity of Mir’s Summer Palace, at the northern end of Gulmit Polo Ground. Thumang is perfomed by putting a plant locally called “Yarz” on fire. The direction of smoke, in the ancient times, was used to point towards parts of the village where high crop yield could be expected. After Thumang all the villagers gather in a field and a man dressed as a Bull (Duruksh) entertains the audience by playing tricks with them.
All villagers eat Semn, Semn Bread, Mul and other modern dishes collectively, symbolizing fraternity, cooperation and good will for one another. Prayers are offered for good, healthy crops, global peace, harmony and love at the end of the ceremony. This festival will be celebrated in other villages of Gojal, as the temperature rises and the earth softens, getting prepared for farming activities.
Pamir News offers a very happy “Shogun Bohor Muborak” to all its readers and prays for collective prosperity, peace, love and harmony.