Colourful bounds of Sikkim festivals

Though the state is small in terms of its size, but it has vast display of culture and tradition. Situated in north eastern part of India and very close to the Tibet, it is highly influenced by Buddhism. The place offers various forms of beauty from Snow Mountains, lush green vegetation to various species of flora and fauna. But, one significant event which would certainly amaze you here; is the way they celebrate festivals with so much zeal and excitement. Here, the festivals fall according to the Buddhist calendar in almost every season and remarkably portray dance, music and colours of the region.
In this article we will tell you some beautiful festivals of Sikkim which are worth to watch.

·       Saga Dawa

Saga Dawa is celebrated on full moon day in the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. It is very sacred Buddhist festival and people consider the month very holy and auspicious. This festival is celebrated for triple reasons which are believed to be form of blessings. The festival is associated with the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha or attaining nirvana, all fall within this period (according to Tibetan tradition). On this day locals visit monasteries, offer prayers and light lamp to seek blessings.

·      Phang Lhabsol

This unique festival of Sikkim is celebrated very enthusiastically, which actually became popular during the reign of the third ruler of Sikkim, ‘Chakdor Namgyal’. The festivals turn around for 3 days in mid July and marked by lot of dance and music. During this festival the Mount Kanchendzonga is worshipped and shown respect. One could witness the famous ‘Chham’ dance performed by Lamas here, which would surely give you Goosebumps.

·       Drupka Teshi

This festival holds a great place in the heart of the followers of Buddha across globe. This unique festival is celebrated to mark the day when Lord Buddha gave first oration from the Four Noble Truths to his first five disciples at Sarnath near Varanasi. Prayers are conducted in monasteries all over the world to celebrate the occasion.

·       Bhumchu

Bhumchu is a Buddhist festival, which takes place on the 14th and 15th day of the first month of Tibetan lunar calendar. At the start of the year bhum or vase filled with water of Tashiding Monastery is opened by Lama or monk determines to actually determine the future. It is believed that if the water is to the brim, it is a sign of a year full of peace and prosperity. If the water is over the brim and is spilling, it would be a year with natural disaster and disturbances.

·       Tihar

This festival is a replica of the Hindu festival Diwali.  It is the festival of lights, in which ‘diyas’ are lit inside and outside the houses to make it illuminate at night. This is a five-day-long Hindu festival celebrated Sikkim, Assam, West Bengal as well as Nepal. The first day is known as Kaag Tiharin which cows are offered sweets and worshipped. The second day is called as Kukur Tihar in which dogs are worshipped, followed by third day ‘Laxmi pooja’, fourth day is ‘govardhan pooja’ and the 5th day is ‘Bhai tika’.

Sikkim tour packages are very much in demand, especially in summer due to major attractions of tourist to witness local festivals here. One should visit Sikkim once in a lifetime for an enchanting experience.


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