“We are the anti-taliban” – Pakistan’s Love Parade, the world’s biggest Sufi celebration. All images ©Matthieu Paley

“We are the Anti-Taliban! We stand for love, tolerance and the great infinity”.
An estimated one million pilgrims gather every year in the small desert town of Sehwan Sharif in Pakistan’s Sindh province to celebrate the world’s biggest Sufi Festival. Intoxicated by dance, love and devotion its followers commemorate the death anniversary of the Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalander.
Revered by Muslims and Hindus alike, the “red falcon wanderer” is the patron saint of the outcasts of society. For three days and nights, musicians & poets, transvestites & prostitutes, beggars & holy men all unite in an infectious chaos of trance dance and prayers, defying Islamic hardliners.
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