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Pulkhepa Festival

Pulkhepa is another form of Khepa festival, which is celebrated in the Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh. It is a festival for chasing demons. During this festival, the head of the goat and poltu, a sort of fried bread, are cooked.

The ears of the goat are hung on the thorny shrub along with Poltu and Sigre, which is a turnip preparation stuck with thorns all over. These are placed at cross roads and sometimes put indoors for two days. Sometimes, the horns of the goat are burnt to chase away the evil spirits.

A variety of traditional dishes are cooked and eaten during this festival. These delicacies are also distributed among the neighbors and friends.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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