Kholey Dai Festival
Parengtar, West Bengal

Kholey Dai Festival

Kholey Dai Festival

The Kholey Dai Festival, started in 2021, is an annual rice harvest and folk music festival in the village of Parengtar in Kampilong. Its purpose is to revive and reestablish community activities around rice grain harvesting, known as ‘dai’ in Nepali.

Put together by the organisations Muhaan and the Parengtar Nawlo Umanga Welfare Society in association with Backwoods Adventure Camp and Cafe Kalimpong, the festival is an opportunity for visitors to participate and immerse themselves in the village’s culture and customs through folk storytelling sessions, art and craft stalls, hikes and folk dance and music concerts. One such practice that visitors will be able to witness is the Dhan Nach. A ritual dance performed in recently harvested paddy to separate it from the husk, Dhan Nach is accompanied by the singing of traditional folk songs.

Some of the other folk dance forms performed at the Kholey Dai festival include the Maruni dance – an ancient dance form in which traditional folk tales are enacted by men dressed as women; the Chyabrung dance – where men play traditional drums called “chyabrung” and dance in synchronised patterns symbolic of the movement of birds and animals; and the Lakhey Dance, also known as the demon dance, which sees performers wear demon masks as they dance.

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How to reach Kalimpong

By Air: The nearby airport is Bagdogra in Siliguri, 79 km from the town. This airport is networked with Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is approx. 77 km from Kalimpong. Direct trains from metro cities like Kolkata and Delhi are available.

By Road: Kalimpong is well connected by road with Siliguri, Gangtok, Kolkata and Darjeeling. Regular buses from Darjeeling, Gangtok and Siliguri ply to Kalimpong.

Facilities

  • Camping area
  • Charging booths
  • Eco-friendly
  • Family-friendly
  • Food stalls
  • Free drinking water
  • Pet-friendly

Covid Safety

  • Limited capacity
  • Only fully vaccinated attendees allowed
  • Temperature checks

Items and Accessories to Carry

1. Kalimpong is pleasant and dry in December with temperatures carrying between 24.4°C and 11.8°C. Carry light woolens and cotton wear.

2. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers or boots (but make sure they are worn in).

3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations. 4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.

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About Muhaan

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Muhaan

Muhaan, named after the Nepali word for “source”, is a social enterprise from Kalimpong…

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Phone No 9339070825
Address Samsing, Kalimpong, West Bengal - 734301

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