You are here

Sikkim

State: 

The people celebrate the anniversaries relating to birth, enlightenment, and nirvana of the Buddha, besides the Buddhist New Year and the harvest festivals. Several festivals are celebrated in Gangtok and its adjoining areas. The Buddhist festival of Bumchu is held in the Tashiding Gompa during January. Indian Travel agent provides hotel bookings, hotel booking in India.The festival of Chaam is held in Enchey Gompa during January,February and is marked by dancing. Kagyat Dance is a mask dance held every month at Gangtok, Pemayangtse and Phodong. Losar marks the Tibetan New Year and is celebrated during February,March at Pemayangtse and Rumtek. Tse Chu is a Buddhist dance held in May at Rumtek. Saga Dawa (held in Gangtok during May) and Drukpa Teshi (celebrated statewide during July) mark Buddha's first teaching. Phang Lhabsol is a mask dance celebrated statewide during August. Dasain, the biggest Hindu festival is celebrated during October, is marked by gift exchanges and animal sacrifices.

Sikkim Festivals

Festivals bring liveliness and fun in the monotony of daily life. India is a land of festivals and Sikkim, being a part, doesn't stay behind. The people of Sikkim celebrate scores of festivals with full gusto and fervor. Since, there are people from diverse religions in Sikkim, so they all have their own festivals to celebrate. However, the mutual harmony amongst dwellers paints the whole state in the colors of festivities. In this section, we will discuss the major festivals of Sikkim in detail.

Buddhism appears to dominate the religious lives of maximum number of people. Perhaps, Hinduism is the major religion practiced by the Nepalis. The Tibetans, the Sikkimese and the Bhutias usually practice Buddhism. In the vein of tolerance, Christians, Sikhs and Muslims also flourish along with followers of other religions. In Sikkim, Hindu festivals like Dasain/ Dusshera, Tihar/ Diwali, Saraswati Puja, Maghe Sakranti, Janmastami, Vishwa Karma Puja, Holi and Ramnavami are celebrated with the same enthusiasm like that in any other part of the country.

There are several other festivals like Namsoong, Sakewa, Bhanu Jayanti, Tendong-Lho-Rum-Faat, Teyongsi Srijunga Sawan Tognam, Christmas, Tamu Lochar and Nyempa Guzom. The festivals of Buddhists include Saga Dawa, Lhabab Dhuechen, Drukpa Tsheshi, Phang Lhabsol, Losoong, Losar, Bumchu, Trungkar Tshechu, Kalchakra Puja and Kayged Dance. Being influenced more by the Buddhism, the following articles elaborate on the festivals of Buddhists.