Fairs & Festival's - Sikkim
 

Festivals

Location

Guru Daknar Chhaam

Gangtok

Losar

Gangtok/Darjeeling

Khecheopalri Festival

Khecheopalri

Bumchu

Tashiding

Saga Dawa

Gangtok

Guru Rimpoche's Trungkar Tshechu

Gangtok

Drukpa Tsheshi

Gangtok

Tendong Lho-Rum-Faat

Tendong Hill

Pang Labhsol

All Over

Lhabab Dhuechen

All Over

Kagyed Dance

Gangtok/Darjeeling

Losoong

Gangtok/Darjeeling


Guru Daknar Chaan - Celebrated in the month of February, religious masked dances are performed on the occasion of welcoming the New Year as per Tibetian Calendar. Held in monasteries of Rumtek, Pemayangtse and Phodong.

Losar - Losar is the Tibetan New Year is shared also by the Sikkimese. It falls normally in the month of February. The Tibetan youth come on the streets to perform the Yak dance. The Tibetan community exerts itself in the more than weeklong festivity with their brocades, jewelry, songs, dances etc.

Khecheopalri Festival - This festival is celebrated on the 15th day of first month as per Tibetan Calender. During this festival, big prayers & worships are organized in the Khecheopalri Monastery at Khecheopalri Village in order to save the people of the village from avert diseases and natural calamities. Thousands of visitors come from different parts of Sikkim, Darjeeling, Bhutan & Nepal visit the Monastery to pay homage durig this festival and float lamps made of butter on the lake of Khecheopalri village. This festival is also called “Chompa Chopa” festival.

Bumchu - This festival is celebrated at the monastery at Tashiding in the month of March. During the festival, the lamas of the monastery open the pot containing the Holy water and its levels kind of forecasts weather and natural calamities next year. A part of the holy water is distributed amongst the gathering of devotes.

Saga Dawa - This is the Triple Blessed Festival and is considered as the holiest of the holy Buddhist Festivals. On this auspicious day, Lord Buddha took birth and after years of meditation got Nirvana and left the human body on the very same day. The highlight of the day’s observation in Gangtok is a procession carrying the Holy Books of the teachings of the Buddha from the Tsuk-La-Khang Monastery in the Palace around the town.

Guru Rimpoche's Trungkar Tshechu - Festival is celebrated in homage to Guru Rimpoche. Guru Rimpoche established Buddhism in Sikkim and introduced a form of Tantric Buddhism to the Himalayas after vanquishing ‘demons’ obstructing the growth of Buddhism in Tibet. The day commemorates his victory over these demons.
 
Drukpa Tsheshi – This festival is observed by the Buddhists to mark the event when Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma (His first sermon to five disciples at Sarnath). This festival celebrates Buddha's first preaching of the four Noble Truths to his first five disciples in a deer park at Sarnath. This festival is held on the 4th day (Tsheshi) of the 6th month (Drukpa) of the Tibetan Calendar around July or August every year. In Gangtok, Drupka Tsheshi is marked by prayers at the Deer Park and Muguthang (North Sikkim). The festival is celebrated by organising a Yak race.

Tendong Lho-Rum-Faat - An important Lepcha festival to mark the celebration of Tendong Hill. According to the Legend, the hill rose like a horn during flood and saved people. The ceremonies of the festival are held at Mount Tendong.

Pang Lhabsol - The festival worships Khangchendzonga for its unifying powers. This festival also marks the signing of the treaty of blood brotherhood between the local tribes Lepchas and Bhutias. On this day, the guardian deity is portrayed by masked Lama dances as a fiery red-faced deity with a crown of five skulls, riding a snow lion. This festival is held on the 15th day of the 7th month around the end of August.

Lhabab Dhuechen - This festival symbolizes the Descent of Buddha from the heaven of the thirty-three gods after visiting his mother. It is believed that after attaining enlightenment, Lord Buddha through spiritual powers came to know about the whereabouts of his mother and at the age of forty-one ascended to the heavens along with thousands of his followers.

Kagyed Dance - It is performed on the 28th and 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan Calendar, around December. This dance is performed symbolizing the destruction of the evil forces. Kagyed dances enact various themes from the Buddhist mythology and culminate with the burning of effigies made of flour, wood and paper. This festival is celebrated at Old Rumtek Monastery, Lingdum Monastery, Phodong Monastery.

Losoong - Losoong marks the end of the harvest season and also the end of the tenth month of the Tibetan Year. Taking cue from a good harvest and praying for even better prospects for the next crop, the festival is marked by Chaam dancing's at the monasteries at Palace, Phodong and Rumtek. Archery competitions and festivities mark the event.

Festivals in Darjeeling Monasteries

APRIL

1. Buddha Jayanti, birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, is celebrated with procession from Buddhist monasteries with Lamas (Tibetan Monks) musical troupe followed by Lord Buddha's idol, and the procession usually carries the Buddhist holy books around town. It is celebrated in all the monasteries in Darjeeling.

MAY

1. At the beginning of May Tibetans celebrate Saga Dawa and other Buddhists celebrate Buddha Shakyamuni's Enlightenment and Parinirvana. At the age of thirty-five Buddha attained enlightenment at Bodhgaya. This day also marks the anniversary of his Parinirvana. It is celebrated in all the monasteries in Darjeeling.

OCTOBER

1. During the middle of October Tibetans celebrate Tshechu, the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche, the person who brought Buddhism to Tibet). This is celebrated on the 10th day of the fifth month of the Tibetan Calendar which falls sometime in June/July, but because of the monsoon Thupten Sangag Choling (Dali) Monastery mostly celebrates it during October with traditional Tibetan dances and ceremonies.

NOVEMBER

1. At the beginning of November the Tibetans celebrate Lha Bab Duchen - Buddha Shakyamuni's Descent from Heaven. Buddha's mother had been reborn in Indra's Heaven. To repay her kindness and to liberate her, and also to benefit the gods, Buddha spent three months teaching in the realm of the gods. It is celebrated in all the monasteries in Darjeeling.