It is celebrated to commemorate the 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 10th 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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