Sikkim Festivals

 
 
As most Sikkimese festivals are held as per the Buddhist calendar. The most interesting spectacle one sees are ritual dances of the Lamas with quaint musical instruments and masks.

Losar, Tibetan New Year, involaves a lot of gaiety and festivity.

Saga Dawa is a very auspicious day for the Mahayana Buddhists. On this day people go to monasteries to offer butter lamps and worship. A huge procession of monks goes around Gangtok with holy scriptures.

Phang Lhabsol is a festival unique to Sikkim. It is celebrated to offer thanks to Mount Khanchendzonga, the guardian deity of Sikkim and to Yabdu, the supreme commander.

Kagyat Dance is performed every 28th and 29th day of the Tibetan Calendar. The solemn nature of the dance is interspersed with comic relief provided by the jestures.

Dasain the biggest and most important festival of the Hindu Nepali population is celebrated in September-October. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil.

Dipavali, the festival of lights is celebrated 10 days after Dasain.

Buddhist Calendar with approximate months
corresponding to the English calendar are given below :

Saga Dawa
Full moon of the 4th month, around end of May and early June

Drukpa Tseshl

4th day of the 6th month, around August

Pang Lhabsol
15th day of the 7th month, around end of August-September

Kagyat Dance
28th & 29th day of 10th month, around December

Losar
Tibetan New Year, around February

Maghe Sankranti

Month of Magh, around January

Dasain

Month of Aswin, September-October

Enchey "Chaams"
18th & 19th days of the 11th month, around December-January

Rumtek "Chamms"

Tse-Chu 'Chaams'- 10th day of the 5 th month, around June

Winter "Chaam"

(Guthor 'Chaam') 2 days prior to Losar

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