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In pictures: Kalash spring festival
Introduction

Tucked away in the mountains of northern Pakistan, the tiny Kalash minority celebrate the end of winter in May each year with the Joshi (spring) festival.

It is a time to give thanks for the end of the harsh weather and to celebrate the arrival of the more productive spring months.

Until recently the Kalash had no calendars or watches. They work out the festival dates by the position of the sun.

Text and photos: Chiade O'Shea

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