Tihar/ Deepawali is the festival of lights for the Hindus, but who doesn’t like to burst crackers and light up the sky at night. So naturally, everyone joins in when Diwali is here. The festival is to honour and worship Goddess Laxmi, Goddess of wealth. The festival falls in the month of Kartik (October/November) and it is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Kalimpong. During Diwali, people clean, paint and decorate their homes with flowers and colourful lights.
On the night of Deepawali, the Hindu female members come out of their houses and go from door to door to sing ‘vailo’. In return, they get ‘shagun’ in the form of money or ‘sel roti and aloo dum’, a Nepalese delicacy. The next day of Laxmi Puja, Bhai Tika takes place, where the sisters in a Hindu family pray for a good life for their brothers. After the puja, it is the brothers turn to go from door to door of Hindu families to sing ‘deusi’.