Dharamshala is a melting pot of many cultures, religions and seasons. The town celebrates various festivals and events throughout the year. You can partake in the festivities if you plan ahead and sync your vacation to the calendar of events in Dharamshala. Here is an exciting line-up of festivals of Dharamshala that you can celebrate with the locals.
Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts holds a ten-day fair at the onset of summer to showcase Tibetan folk dance, songs, opera and other art forms. Highly trained artistes perform at this platform to promote and preserve the Tibetan legacy.
Passing of the winter solstice is celebrated in mid-January to welcome the longer days. It is a harvest festival where locals get together around cedar-bonfires to sing and dance.
Every autumn the film buffs in Dharamshala gather here to appreciate alternative cinema from all over the world. This festival has gained a lot of momentum since its beginning in 2012. It screens acclaimed narratives, short and documentaries.
It is a 3-day cultural extravaganza that honours His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in celebration of the Nobel Peace Prize received by him in 1989. Local heritage and traditions of all communities are showcased in street stalls. You can savour assorted cuisines and crafts as you interact with the artisans.
Losar marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year in the month of February and March. It is one the biggest and most important events in Dharamshala. The hill-station comes alive for 15 days with elaborate decorations, special Metho ceremony processions and Tibetan dance and music. Special delicacies are prepared during this time.