World's highest polo festival kicks off in Pakistan's Shandur

09:16 PM | 1 Jul, 2022
World's highest polo festival kicks off in Pakistan's Shandur
Source: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture & Tourism Authority (Twitter)

CHITRAL – The three-day Shandur polo festival started today (Friday) here at the world’s highest polo ground in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Formally launched in 1982, the Shandur festival was included in the calendar of national events by the government and it is started in the first week of July every year.

This year, the festival started with a colorful opening ceremony. Paratroopers and paragliders received special tributes from the crowd at the inaugural ceremony jointly organized by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government and Frontier Corps North.

Three matches were played between different teams on the first day. Civil and military officials and local administration officials attended the event while a large number of tourists from all over the country also enjoyed the festival.

Squads marched past the opening ceremony while students from different schools recited the national anthem. Folk artists also performed Kalash, Chitral, and Khattak dances and songs during the opening ceremony.

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In the previous years, the festival was suspended in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is being held this year with the coordination of the governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan.