It is celebrated to commemorate birth of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder
of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. In this festival, the Lamas perform a sacred
dance known as Chaam wearing facial masks and colorful brocades robes.
The festival is celebrated on the 10 th day of the Tibetan lunar month.
This festival takes place at Thiksey, Deskit and Karsha in different months of
the year. The festival is celebrated to mark the victory over evils. The dancers
at the festival wear masks to represent the Guardians, Protectors, the Gods
and Goddesses. It ends with the symbolic assassination of evils and burning
the effigy representing evil spirits.
This festival is celebrated every year in September in Leh and its villages. The
festival ceremony is inaugurated on large scale with a procession of several
cultural troupes. People wear traditional Ladakhi clothes, dance and sing on
traditional music. The celebrations continue for 6 days in various villages
with musical concerts, activities ranging from archery, polo and masked
dances from the monasteries.
Sindhu Darshan (Visit the Indus) Festival:
This 3 day festival takes place in June on the bank of Indus river. This festival
is the celebration of unity as well as communal harmony along with national
integration. The festival is also a symbolic salute to brave soldiers of India.
Local artists from various parts of the country perform traditional dances
with participation from local people, tourists.
Yuru Kabgyat Festival:
This two-day festival takes place in the month of July in the Lamayuru
monastery. The festival is celebrated with monks performing dances, prayers
and rituals to do away any disaster and for world peace. It is dedicated to
Yuru Kabgyat and his mythical connection.
The Losar festival is the most important festival of Ladakh and marks the
beginning of the New Year in Ladakh/Tibet. This festival is celebrated two
months ahead of the Tibetan Calendar. The festival is celebrated almost for
15 days with main celebrations on the first 3 days.
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