Losar in Ladakh

Losar is one of the most important festivals of Ladakh. It marks the beginning of the new year. During this festival, Buddhists in Ladakh make offerings before their deities in their gompas. There is a lot of chanting of mantras and traditional performances during this festival. The Ladakhi Buddhists follow several traditions and rituals that have been around for ages. This 15-day event is marked with staged fights to showcase the triumph of good over evil. 

Be prepared for loud blaring music, ibex deer dancing, staged battles and celebratory dinners with family and friends. People prepare for this festival well in advance by rehearsing for the performances. Houses are cleaned and bright colourful decorations are put up everywhere along with offerings called ‘Lama Losar’.

On the actual day of the festival, religious offerings are made to the deities. The dates of this festival are not fixed and keep changing every year based on the Lunar calendar. 

 

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