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Festivals and Events in Darjeeling

Festivals in Darjeeling are celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and fanfare. People celebrated Hindu as well as Buddhist festivals.

In the month of January, Bumchu, a special festival is celebrated at the monastery. There is special significance of this festival. The level of holy water kept in a pot at the end of the festival foretells the future for the forthcoming year. The sealed pot is opened the following year to check the level of water in the pot.

In February, the Tibetans and the Sherpas celebrate their New Year with pomp and gaiety. Cultural programmes including folk songs and dance are organised. In February-March, Mahashivratri is held to celebrate the birth of Lord Shiva.

Buddha Jayanti is celebrated in May. Both Hindus as well as Buddhists gather at Buddhist monasteries to seek blessings of Lord Buddha.

Phang Lhabsol is yet another special festival of this State, during which the snowy range of Kanchenjunga is worshipped for its powers. Lama dance is performed during Phang Lhabsol, which is held by the end of August.

Dasain is one of the most important festivals in Darjeeling, held in the month of October. It is a 10-day festival which marks the triumph of good over evil. This festival is also known as Durga Puja. Fulpati, Maha Astami and Kala Ratri are the other rituals and customs followed during the 10-day festival. On the tenth day, Vijay Dashmi is celebrated that marks the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana.

In November, Diwali, the festival of light is celebrated. During the festival, oil – fed lamps and candles are lit to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.

Tihar is a five day festival held in the month of November. During this festival, certain animals are honoured over a period of five days. On the first day, crows are honoured and then dogs, cows and bullocks are honoured on the consecutive days.

During December-January, the Darjeeling Festival is held to celebrate the magic of tea. The festival includes tasting sessions and a mini-exhibition presenting details on the history and culture of tea.

Saga Dawa, Biswa Karma Puja, Lhabab Dhuechen, Janmastami, Magh Sakranti are the other festival celebrated in Darjeeling. Irrespective of the time of the year you visit this beautiful hill station, you will get a glimpse of their rich tradition and culture.

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