Festivals of Sikkim

 

LOSOONG:

This Bhutia festival marks the end of the harvest season. Chaams (religious dances) symbolishing the victory of good over evil are performed at the Tsug Lakhang, Phodong and Rumtek monasteries. Archery competitions are held amidst much feasting and merry making.

DASAIN:

More or less occurring a few weeks before Losoong, Dasain is the main festival of the Hindu Nepalese in Sikkim. This too signifies the victory of good over evil. The elders of the family apply ‘tika’ on the young and bless them.

TIHAAR: Corresponding to the Indian festival of Diwali, Tihaar is also celebrated as the Festival of Lights in Sikkim with the lighting of lamps accompanied with traditional caroling called Deusi and Bhailo.

LOSAR: The Tibetan New Year. Again, celebrated in inimitable Himalayan fashion with feasting and merry making. It generally falls around the first week of February.

TENDONG LHO RUM FAAT: Specific to the Lepchas, this festival marks the celebration of the Tendong Hill. According to the legend, the hill had risen like a horn during a great flood to save the Lepchas.

BHUMCHU: Held at the Tashidhing Monastery in West Sikkim, this festival occurs around Jan-Feb. The abbot of the monastery unveils a pot of holy water and foretells the future for the state. Overflow or too little water in the pot signifies a disturbed year ahead. If the level of the water is full, it foretells peace and prosperity.

PANGLHABSOL
Unique to Sikkim, this festival worships the snowy peaks of the guardian deity of Sikkim, Mt. Khangchendzonga. An important feature of the celebrations is the spectacular Warrior Dance with it’s intricate steps and leaps accompanied by martial war-cries.

CHRISTMAS
Christmas is celebrated with fun & fervor along with the rest of the world. Gangtok wears festive look during the month of December since Lossong & Christmas fall in this month.
Unique feature of Sikkimese people is that every one celebrates & enjoys all the festival with great pomp and show.