Perhaps there is no better time to tour Ladakh region then during the festive season. Ladakh comes alive during festivals, when people from different corners of Ladakh converge at one place to celebrate and enjoy the festive spirit. Festivals are in fact the best way to get a feel of the Ladakhi culture.
PHYANG TSEDUP FESTIVAL IN LADAKH
30th-31th July 2019 will mark the beginning of the prominent Phyang Tsedup Festival. It is celebrated in Phyang Monastery in Ladakh (19.1 km from Leh) and dedicated to Jigten Gombo, founder of Dringumpa Monastic Dynasty. Witness smiling Lamas in vibrant attire and portraying different characters of the dance drama.
Thankha of Jigten Gombo is also worshipped and marks the triumph of good over the evil. However, dance remains the centre of attraction. Monks wearing rich silk costumes perform Chham and worship their deity. This festival is especially remarked for the enthusiasm and energy.
The Phyang tsedup Festival is held on the 2nd and 3rd day of the 6th month of Tibetan Calendar which usually falls in July-August. Some ritual offerings are burnt on the 2nd day and the Storma is destroyed to conclude the procession.
KARSHA GUSTOR FESTIVAL IN LADAKH
Karsha Gustor festival, is celebrated at Karsha monastery, the largest one in Zanskar in terms of the resident months, as it is home to around 100 lamas. This festival is celebrated remembering the victory of good over evil, at this largest Geluk-pa (Yellow Hat) monastery that is located on the slopes of Zanskar mountains, right high above the Padum plain. During the festival, a Black Hat Dance is performed
SINDHU DARSHAN FESTIVAL IN LADAKH
Sindhu Darshan is celebrated in Shey Manla, located 8 kms away from the main city of Leh. This is a 3-day festival, which happens from 12th to 14th June on the bank of Indus river. The celebrations of this festival were started in the month of October 1997, for the celebration of unity as well as communal harmony along with the national integration. There is also a symbolic salute to the brave soldiers of the country.
LOSAR FESTIVAL IN LADAKH
A festival in Tibetan Buddhism Losar is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. The Fiesta marks the New Year and is one of the most noted festivals in Ladakh. The celebrations proceed with the Ladakhi Buddhists making make a religious offering before their deities in the Gompas or local monasteries.
Losar Festival was celebrated before the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet. The pre-Buddhist gala finds its roots in a winter-incense-burning custom of a religion. For hundreds of year now, it has been a tradition for the Government and the Dalai Lama to consult Nechung during the festivities.
Losar Festival Celebrations
The festivities for the Losar festival in Ladakh last for about 15 days. A medley of cultural events, traditional performances and also ancient rituals are an essential part of the New Year celebrations. Out of the 15 days, the first three days are really important. Changkoi, a beverage is made from Chhaang on the first day. The day proceeds with the chanting of prayers in the monastery.
The second day is known as the King’s Losar. People gather in the Hall of Excellence of Samsara and Nirvana. Representatives from Bhutan, Nepal, Mongolia and China. From third day onwards monks along with the locals, join the celebration.