Fairs and Festivals of Ladakh
The celestial land of Ladakh celebrates many fairs and festivals all year long. The nthusiasm of the locals of Ladakh for their festivals show how lively and passionate they are about life. Forging the bonds of brotherhood, the fairs and festivals are a great time for celebration.
Most of the fairs and festivals in Ladakh are celebrated in the Gompas, which become centre for exciting cultural activities. Here you can enjoy interesting dance-drama performed by the Lamas dressed in colorful robes and wearing masks. These fairs and festivals not only offer enjoyment but also teaches a lot about life.
Some Of The Famous Fairs And Festivals Of Ladakh Are:
Hemis Festival remains the most popular festival of Ladakh. Hosted for two days, in the month of June/July, the festival is celebrated in the Hemis Monastery. The festival marks the birth of Guru Padmasambhava who is believed to have worked for humanity by saving people from the wrath of demons. A wide variety of handicrafts are also put on sale during the festival. The festival is marked by sacred dances and amazing musical performances. The mask dance, with the message of the victory of good over evil, performed by the lamas deserves mention.
During September, preparations for the popular Ladakh Festival begin. The festival is organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. Underlining the rich culture of Ladakh, the festival offers an opportunity to tourists to get acquainted with the wonderful culture of Ladakh. Music and dance remain important parts of the festival. A Polo competition is also held during the festival.
Celebrating the arrival of the Ladakhi new year, Losar is held during the winter months of December or January. The festival stretches for two weeks offering a lot of fun and enjoyment to the people. During the festival, Ladakhi Buddhists offer prayers, offerings and perform traditional rituals.
Ladakh Harvest Festival
Celebrated for a period of 15 days in the month of September, Ladakh Harvest Festival occupies a special place in the hearts of the Ladakhis. Music, dance, Polo, theater etc are all a part of this celebration.
It is a wonderful festival celebrated at an interesting venue - the cave of Tak-Tok. It is an important festival of Ladakh which attracts a lot of visitors.