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As most Sikkimese festivals are held as per the Buddhist calendar. The most interesting spectacle one sees are ritual dances of the Lamas with quaint musical instruments and masks.

Losar :

Tibetan New Year, involves a lot of gaiety and festivity.

Saga Dawa :

Is a very auspicious day for the Mahayana Buddhists. On this day people go to monasteries to offer butter lamps and worship. A huge procession of monks goes around Gangtok with holy scriptures.

Phang Lhabsol :

Is a festival unique to Sikkim. It is celebrated to offer thanks to Mount Khanchenjunga, the guardian deity of Sikkim and to Yabdu, the supreme commander.

Kagyat Dance :

Is performed every 28th and 29th day of the Tibetan Calendar. The solemn nature of the dance is interspersed with comic relief provided by the jestures.

Dasain :

The biggest and most important festival of the Hindu Nepali population is

celebrated in September-October. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil.

Dipavali :

The festival of lights is celebrated 10 days after Dasain.

Buddhist Calendar :

With approximate months corresponding to the English calendar are given below :

Saga Dawa :Full moon of the 4th month, around end of May and early June.

Drukpa Tseshl :4th day of the 6th month, around August

Pang Lhabsol :15th day of the 7th month, around end of August-September

Kagyat Dance :28th& 29th day of 10th month, around December.

Losar :Tibetan New Year, around February.

Maghe Sankranti :Month of Magh, around January.

Dasain :Month of Aswin, September-October.

Enchey"Chaams" :18th& 19th days of the 11th month, around December-January.

Rumtek"Chamms" :Tse-Chu 'Chaams'- 10th day of the 5th month, around June.

Winter"Chaam" :(Guthor 'Chaam') 2 days prior to Losar.



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