is the main festival of the Hindu Nepalese of Sikkim. It takes place in
the month of September-October. It is celebrated in the same way as
Dushera in other parts of the country. The puja of Goddess Durga is
performed from the first day (Prathama) to the ninth day (Navmi).
On the tenth day, the elders in every family apply 'tika' on the
young ones and bless them. Cash or gift in kind is also given by the
elders. The very next day, the statue of Goddess Durga is taken in a
colourful procession for its immersion in a lake or river. This marks
the end of Dassain.