Beautiful curios are made on copper plates studded with red and blue stones with engravings of replica of deities.
A Nepalese knife with an inwardly curved blade, similar to a machete, is used as both a tool and as a weapon in Nepal. Traditionally it was, and in many cases still is, the basic utility knife of the Nepalese people.
The Tibetans, who constitutes a major part of the population, celebrate the Losar Festival in Darjeeling with great flare and festivity. The end of January marks the end of the Tibetan Year. To avert the negativity of the old year, most of the monasteries in the area have Cham (Tibetan Dance) during this time of the year. Losar Festival in Darjeeling usually falls in the month of February. It is an important festival in the Tibetan calendar year and its celebration continues for a week. The youthful Tibetans celebrate it with great enthusiasm and spirit. The youth take to the streets performing the traditional Yak dance dressed in multi coloured clothes. They walk down the street singing and dancing with sacred folklores that fill the air making the atmosphere electrifying.
Darjeeling has many kinds of folk dances influenced by Tibetan Buddhists, Lepchas from Sikkim, Bhutanese and even Bengali Hindus. Some of the most famous dances are MaruniNaach, DhanNaach, JhankriNaach, YatraNaach, TamangSelo, KhukuriNaach.
Wonderful Tankas with paintings depicting the life of Lord Buddha are manufactured in Darjeeling.
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