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People and Culture
Come and Mix with different cultures in and around Kalimpong! It's a fascinating combination of Cultures. Nepalese from the North definitely food lovers, try peero aloo, sail roti, variety of aachar's, keenima, they drink a lot of local beer (Jard) easily available in restaurants around. They national outfit is called "Daura Sural" for men and "Chaubandi Cholo" for women. The celebrate festivals such as "Dashai", "Tika", best time to get involved in their culture would be in the months of October- November. Dress like them, learn their ways of life, and dance in an ethnic way to the beats of the "Madal"(Nepalese Drums) and the melodious sound of the "Murali" (Nepalese Flute).
Meet the "Tibetans", they ethnically dress up in "Bakhu's". As they come from a very cold altitude have been used to eating foods that keep them warm such as butter tea, churpee (made from Yak’s milk), momo’s, variety of noodles, tongba, dried meat of different kinds, Khapsey. They celebrate "Loshar", "Linka" to join them in their auspicious festival visit during the months of January- February. Watch their special dances such as the Snow Lion dance and the "Yak Dance" also dances preformed wearing different "Kham"(masks) and perform the "Kham Dance". Born artists paint in "Gumba's"(monasteries), extremely beautiful paintings on the walls and ceilings on the inside and outside they also produce "Thanka Paintings" readily available in ethnic shops. Not missing out on the peaceful statues of "Buddha" and the enchanting chants of the "Monks".
Our towns also accommodate "Matwaris" from Rajasthan, they are more business oriented people. They celebrate festivals such "Diwali" (festival of lights & flowers), celebrated in the months of October- November. "Holi" (festival of colours) is celebrated during the month of March. They dress up in "Dhoti Kurtas" for men and "Sarees" for women.
"Chinese" also inhabited our areas, since the last World War. Peace loving people as they go about their daily lives without disturbing the rest of the world. They do contribute to the Chinese food available
in Hotels and Restaurants.