Keeping the tradition alive, the traditional Buddhi Diwali festival of Nirmand village in Kullu district was celebrated in which locals participated with great enthusiasm.
Diwali across India was celebrated on November 4, while villagers of Nirmand celebrated their age-old tradition after one month of the Diwali. The festival, which began two days ago, concluded yesterday.
During the festival, residents of the Nirmand village dance and sing folklore related to the epic Mahabharata through the night in front of bonfires. Festivities of the Buddhi Diwali begin on the first ‘amavasya’, or new moon of the lunar half, after the regular Diwali every year.
The festival is celebrated to commemorate the killing of the demons, Dano and Asur, who resided there in the form of snakes. According to the ritual, people dance during the daytime forming a long chain with a huge rope. Outsiders are not allowed to take part in the dance activity.
Apart from Kullu, Buddhi Diwali is celebrated in few parts of Shimla and Sirmaur districts also.