Festivals of Sikkim

By: Sikkimhotravel

Teesta Tea Tourism Festival

Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival is an inter-state festival celebrated every year either in November or December at Darjeeling and Dooars of West Bengal and at Sikkim. The festival is aimed for the promotion of tourism. The West Bengal Tourism, Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, and Sikkim Tourism, supported by the Tourism Department of India Government, jointly organize the festival. It holds many cultural programs, water sports, food carnival, toy train ride, and film fests.

Sikkimese New Year

Losoong is the New Year for the people of Sikkim. It generally, falls in the month of December and marks the end of harvesting season. The highlights of the festival are Chaam dances and archery contests. Losoong festival is also famous as Sonam Losoong (Farmers' New Year). It falls on the 18th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar and dots the agricultural New Year when rice and grains are in plenty. People of Sikkim celebrate this day by performing a very famous Chaam dance. They also make offerings to the gods, both in gompas and in their domestic shrines. Sonam Losoong is more of a private affair. People get up before dawn to take bath and wear new clothes. Later, all the family members sit together to pray for peace and prosperity. This festival lasts for 15 days.

Nyempa Guzom

Nyempa Guzom is a festival that is celebrated within the Monasteries in Sikkim. Common people visit and offer gifts of fruits, sweets & even donations and pray for the good will of their family and beloved ones. It falls on the 6th and 7th day of the 11th month of Tibetan calendar, which sometime around December - January. This is observed few days after Loosung.

Tamu Lochar
This festival is celebrated by Gurung Communities in the state. It is symbolizes the arrival of Tamu New Year. It falls on Pus pandra i.e 15th day of the nine month of Nepali Calendar, which is sometime during December. This marks the celebration after a year's hardwork. This month is barred from any kind of ploughing and digging. According to legends, the ancestors of Tamus known as Khemas did a long meditation and Lord Buddha himself appeared to them on this day of Pus pandra and enlightened them. Thus, this day was very auspicious to them and they then started the Tamu Buddhism. On this day the Lo (birth sign) changes and is considered propitious for calculating the good and bad scope of particular lo whereby the monks declare specific prayers to be performed for each lo. All types of decisions are taken and debts are repaid on this date. The festivity lasts for three days.

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