Gilgit-Baltistan's May Fung Festival in the Bleeding Cold

Gilgit-Baltistan's May Fung Festival in the Bleeding Cold

Like other provinces and regions of Pakistan, Gilgit-Baltistan also has its own culture and traditions, according to which festivals are celebrated not only in summer but also in blood-curdling winters.

Among such festivals is the festival called 'Mefung', which is celebrated on the night between 21st and 22nd December every year.

According to a report published in the Dawn newspaper, the 'Mefung' festival is celebrated on the longest night of the year and according to local people, this night is also the coldest night of the year.

The festival of 'Mefing' is celebrated especially in Baltistan Division and the local people also call this festival as 'Losar', which means New Year celebration.
The word Mefing' is also a Balti word, which means to spread light or fire, and as during this festival everyone dances and chants on the hills with the flames of fire in the evening, hence it is called the festival of Mefing. It is called

This year too, as the evening of December 21 fell, people in all the villages, towns and cities of Baltistan Division celebrated this festival and, like every year, bid farewell to the last year and welcome the new year by rejoicing in the blood-curdling winter. .

The people of Baltistan also consider this celebration as the beginning of the New Year and this celebration has been celebrated for many generations.

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Devomalai stories are also famous regarding this celebration and each local person appreciates this festival according to their own knowledge.

This festival is celebrated on an occasion when the mercury drops to minus 16 to 20 degrees Celsius in Baltistan Division.

Gilgit-based journalist Jameel Nagri also shared a video of the festival on Twitter, in which local people can be seen running up the mountains with bonfires and making noise.

A festival similar to Gilgit-Baltistan's 'Mefung' festival is also celebrated in Azadi Kashmir after December 21 which continues for the next 40 days and during these 40 days local people are seen celebrating and celebrating in winter.

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