(1st day,Nepali Month Magha)
Hindus ritually bathe at a holy spot, celebrating spring's arrival.
Guthor Chaam ( Two Days Prior
Dances at Rumtek and Pemayangtse Monasteries to welcome the Tibetan
Celebrated for several days at home and in Monasteries. Govt.
Offices are closed.
Tashiding Bumchu/ Sinek
Blessings, celebrations at Tashiding/ Sinek. The Bumchu is a sacred
water vessel whose water level foretells the luck of the year
The triple blessed festival. Celebrates Buddha's incarnation
, enlightenment and Mahapri-nirvana. The procession of monks and
Buddhist devotees carrying the holy scriptures in most of the
imortant Monasteries of Sikkim.
Rimpoche's Trungkar Tsechu/ Tse Chu Chaam
Spectacular 'Black Hat' Dances at the Rumtek Monastery.
Tendong Lho Rum Fat
Lepcha festival worshipping Mount Tendong, focus of many Lepcha
Prayers at the main Monasteries in Sikkim to celebrate Buddhas
first teaching of the Four Noble Truths.
Dances at Pemayangtse celebrate the treaty of brotherhood between
Lepcha and Bhutia and to honour the guardian deities Khangchendzonga
and Yabdu. This festival is unique to Sikkim, where the snowy
range of Khangchendzonga is worshipped for its unifying powers.
Puja ( Dasain)
pay homage with flowers and blood sacrifice to the supreme goddess
receive a 'Tika'- a red powder mark on the forehead.
Another very colourful and importatant festival of the state.
( 3 weeks after Dasain, Hindu month of Kartik)
Festival of lights, inviting Laxmi, goddess of wealth into every
( 28th - 29th days of the 10th Tibetan month)
at several Monasteries. Effigies are burnt representing the destruction
of evil, and inviting an auspicious New Year.
Celebrating Sikkim's New Year. Marked by family gatherings and
(18th - 19th day of the 11th Tibetan month)
Ritual dances at Enchey Monastery with elaborate costumes and
Throughout spring, White Hall , Gangtok.