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Ladakh Festivals

India Buddhism BookingLosar : The Buddhists of Ladakh celebrate Losar as their new year. Losar is celebrated on the last two days of the lOth Bodhi month, which coincides with December of the Christian calendar. Losar is celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervor. The festivities include illuminations, drinking, dancing, singing and general merry-making. Men come out of their homes with torches of wood which are whirled round and round. People visit each other's homes during these celebrations, which continue for many days.

Tampe Chonga : The fifteenth day of the first Bodhi month is celebrated as a festival marking Buddha's entry into the womb of his mother. Prayers are held both at home and in the gompas.

Jipe Chonga : The fifteenth day of the fourth Bodhi month is the day when the Buddha is believed to have taken physical birth. The people fast on the Jipe Chonga day. Homes and gompas are illuminated and special prayers are conducted.

India Buddhism BookingHemis : A Festival of Ladakh Hemis - Tsche is an annual festival held from 9th to 11th day of the 5th Tibetan month (June-July) to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. (Guru Rimpoche, Founder of Tibetan Buddhism). On this occasion dance festivals are held to eulogize the triumph of good over evil in spectacular show. Traditionally, it includes sacred masked dances performed by resident Lamas.

Thangka, a religious scroll painted and embroidered on silk cloth and pearls is significantly exhibited once in every twelve years during Hemis -Tsche. The exhibition of Thangka is a magnetic pull to the Buddhist world and a chance of pilgrimage to witness the holy dance and sacred roll of the thangka. Masked men dance to the sound of drums and horns. Handicraft is also a major highlight of Hemis-Tsche.

India Buddhism BookingBesides the sprawling courtyard of the Gomba, its structures are also used during festivals. Dancers use the hall, Dukhang, which is also known also as 'Green room' Buddhist visitors usually donate money to the kitchen during festive seasons.