Fairs & Festivals in Pelling
The most important part that makes Pelling a second most visited destination in Sikkim is due its majestic view of the Mt Kanchenjunga. Hence, the city takes pride in celebrating the most fanfare festival of Pelling that is the Kanchenjunga Tourist Festivals. The second most joyous festival is the jorehang Mela that take place in Jorethang- few kilometers away from Pelling.
Named after the mountain-Kanchenjunga, this is the biggest festival that is celebrated every year with loads of exciting activities like trekking, white water rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, sightseeing, traditional sports and bird watching. The festival also features other activities like flower exhibitions, ethnic food and costume fare and the traditional craft and artifacts stalls. The flower exhibition showcases some of the most beautiful and rare species of flowers for which Pilling is known for. The range of the plants can reach up to few thousands to lakhs. The festivals are celebrated to unite the diverse culture of the city and to symbolize the tourist potential of the town.
The festival is the huge affair that take place in the biggest ground of Jorethang. Jorethang is situated at about few kilometers from Pelling and is an integral part of their cultural festivals. It takes place in the month of January and is celebrated for seven long days. Fair is arranged and people from all over the states participate in this event by taking a holy bath in the Jorethang river- one of the rituals of the festival. The members of Sikkimese community arrange loads of activities like cultural expo, fashion show, dance contests, paragliding, river rafting, hot ballon show, archery contest and beauty pageant and many more.
The most important is the Jorethang marathon; people participate with great zeal and enthusiasm.
The other festivals that are celebrated by the entire people of the state with equal gusto are listed below:
A very admired Buddhist festival, Saga Dawa is dedicated to Lord Buddha. The event is a reference to the chain of important events that are connected with the life of Buddha. This is celebrated in late May or early June.
Drupka Teshi :
Drupka Teshi is celebrated by Buddhists community to reminisce the first preaching of the Noble truths to his disciples at Sarnath. Prayers are held at the monasteries of Sikkim.
Another important festival in Sikkim, Tihaar, also known as Diwali or ‘Festival of Lights’ is celebrated by lighting diyas and lights. This festival is dedicated to Goddess laxmi and followed by a traditional play called Bhaili or deusi. Group of young bbbbbbbbboys and girls sings and dance visiting every home in the community.
Dassain a Hindu festival celebrated by the people of Nepali Hindu community. Also called as Durga Puja this is the most auspicious festival of Hindu. It celebrates the win over Goddess Durga over the demon. The last day of the festival called Vijay Dasami is celebrated by laying the mark of tilak on the foreheads of the younger showering their blessing on them.