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Seven days long “Cultural Revival Festival” underway in Hoper, Nagar

A swordsman dances during the festival, displaying his skills

Nagar Valley has a rich tradition and history. The people in Hoper valley speak Burushaski language, which is also spoken in Hunza, located across the river
Hoper: Nagar Valley has a rich tradition and history. The people in Hoper valley speak Burushaski language, which is also spoken in Hunza, located across the river

With reporting by Mon Shirin 

Gilgit, August 18: A seven-day long cultural festival is underway in Hoper, the picturesque tourist destination located in Nagar Valley. A number of stalls, depicting the traditional lifestyle of the Nagar valley, have been arranged by the local community.

Cultural items have been put on display at the festival, arranged by the local community on self-help basis
Hoper: Cultural items have been put on display at the festival, arranged by the local community on self-help basis

The festival was inaugurated by the MLA Mirza Hussain and the Deputy Commissioner of Hunza-Nagar, a couple of days back. The festival is being attended by local and foreign tourists in large numbers, according to local sources.

A number of traditional games, like Tug of War, are also being played during the festival
Hoper: A number of traditional games, like Tug of War, are also being played during the festival

Public circles informed this scribe that the festival is the biggest of its kind held in the valley since the 80s, arranged the local community without external help.

A swordsman dances during the festival, displaying his skills
Hoper: A swordsman dances during the festival, displaying his skills

The locals have criticized the department of tourism and culture for ignoring the region. They said that millions of rupees are being released in the name of promoting sports and culture but nothing is being done on the ground.

Dance and music are, historically, enshrined in the region's rich culture
Hoper: Dance and music are, historically, enshrined in the region’s rich culture

The local people said that arranging such festivals is the basic responsibility of the relevant department. They termed the festival to be a welcome step for the region’s economy and culture.

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