Thursday, August 11, 2022
Himachal Pradesh

Fairs and Festivals



This festival marks the beginning of the new year in the areas bordering Tibet. On this day people light lamps in front of the family deity Kimshu and meet all their friends. No one may come out before midday. Early in the morning people sing Darshid songs. A square lump known as Brang-Gyas is made out of mixed flour and placed in a platter. The statues of deities and sweets are grouped around this, along with figures of domestic animals. These must be in odd numbers. It is considered auspicious to see this platter full of statues and figures early in the morning.