Sikkim Festivals, Colour Yourself with Joyous Celebrations

Festivals Of Sikkim
The Sikkim state celebrates many festivals because of admix of different religion and cultures. For those pepoles who are visiting Sikkim tourist places, offer an exclusive occasion to participate and point up the rich traditions of an ancient culture as well as the warmth and generosity of a friendly people. There are many festivals celebrated in Sikkim through out the year. As the peoples in Sikkim mostly follow Buddhism, the festivals celebrated here are connected to the Buddhist festivals. Just make a trip to Sikkim tourist places to enjoy the concealed festivals.

These Festivals are classified as :

The most celebrated Buddhist festivals that you can see on your Sikkim tourist places are :

Saga Dawa (the Triple Blessed Festival and is considered as the holiest of the holy Buddhist Festivals),
Bumchu (it is celebrated at the monastery at Tashiding in the month of January or February),
Drukpa Tsheshi (o mark the event when Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma ),
Lhabab Dhuechen (representing the Descent of Buddha from the heaven),
Losoong (marks the termination of harvest season),
Phang Lhabsol (popularised by the third Chogyal of Sikkim, Chakdor Namgyal and celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th month around the end of August),
Losar (the arrival of New Year),
Guru Rimpoche’s Trungkar Tshechu, Kagyed Dance ( is performed on the 28th and 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan Calendar, around December) and KalChakra Puja.

The popular festivals of Hindus that you can see on your Sikkim tourist places are :

Tihar or Tyohar/ Diwali (is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, to their kingdom after 14 years of exile),
Janamashtami (celebrated in August or September to honor the birth of Lord Krishna),
Dasain/ Dusshera/ Durga Puja (usually celebrated in October indicating the victory of good over evil),
Saraswati Puja (celebrated in January to honor the Goddess of Knowledge Saraswati),
Vishwakarma Puja (observed on 17th September every year to honour Vishwa Karma – the God of Machines),
Holi (marks the advent of spring season)
Ramnavami /Chaite Dasain (to commemorate birth of Lord Ram).
Maghe Sankranti (Makar Sankranti celebrated in January),

Other Festivals:

Namsoong (an original festival of Lepchas to welcome the new year which begins from the first day of first month),
Tendong Lho-Rum-Faat (a Lepcha thanks giving festival to Tendong Hill),
Sakewa ( festival of the Rai community for Kubera, the God of wealth),
Teyongsi Srijunga Sawan Tognam, Christmas, Bhanu Jayanti, Tamu Lochar and Nyempa Guzom.

 

Discover the Rich Art Culture of Sikkim

Culture of Sikkim
The people of Sikkim are very affectionate, friendly and sweet. Sikkim is the melting pot of a variety of culture. Like any other place, its culture is signified for its delicious cuisine, lively people, dedicated religion, cheerful language, indigenous art & crafts, melodic music, and spirited dance. People of different communities live together in Sikkim upholding an unique identity of there traditional religion. You can experience all these once if you visit the most beautiful Sikkim tourist places.
Know more about culture of Sikkim here.

Peoples :


The People of Sikkim consist of three ethnic groups, that is, Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali. The communities of different hues mingle freely in Sikkim in order to make up a homogenous blend. The predominant Communities of Sikkim are Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalese. All these cultures has shaped out a classic Sikkimese Culture that include all ways and walk of life.And also handled to preserve their own identity. These can also be seen in the different places of Festivals, Worship and Cultural dances that are celebrated through the year.

Cuisine:


The food in Sikkim are either vegetarian or non vegetarian as both are easily available there. One can enjoy Indian, Chinese and Tibetan cuisines at Sikkim with a very limited variety of continental cuisine also available there. Rice is the main food the Sikkimese. The Momo, the most commonly available food in Sikkim. Another well-liked and easily available item is the Thukpa or Gya-thuk, a typical Tibetan style noodles in soup, based with vegetables or meat.

Religions:

Religions play an vital role in the life of Sikkim. The two major religions that are pursued in Sikkim are Buddhism and Hinduism. Infact, Buddhism come forward as the leading religious practice that is adepted by the majority of the Tibetans and the Bhutias. Hinduism is keenly followed by the Nepalese. Apart from Buddhism and Hinduism, religions like Christianity, Muslim, etc, are also practiced by many supporters.

Art and Craft:


Sikkim possess a rich culture of handicrafts as well. People of Sikkim seemed to be born with excellent skill required for craft making. You can find some of the most attractive woolen items like woven woolen carpets and woolen blankets. The wide array of handlooms and handicrafts comprise of carpets, wood carved furniture, Mask Making, Paintings, Sikkimese motifs, table called Choktse, thankas, and canvas wall hangings.

Dances & Music:


Folk dances and songs are an embedded part of Sikkimese culture. Most of the dances are related to the incredible beauty of the natural environment of Sikkim. Where by some indicate the harvest season and others are performed for prosperity. Almost all the dances are accompanied by the musical instruments. Mask Dance is one of the most amazing dance of Sikkimese. The Nepalese like tapping their feet on Maruni, Dhaan Naach, Dau Ra Jane, Tamang Selo and Sebru Naach. In addition to this, Singhi Chaam and Yak Chaam are the popular dance of the Tibetan. And the famous dances of the Bhutias are Be Yu Mista, Lu Khangthamo, Chi Rimu, Gha to Kito and Tashi Zaldha. The dances like Zo-Mal-Lok, Chu Faat, Kar Gnok Lok, Dharma Jo, Mon Dryak Loks, Tendong Lho Faat, and Mun Hait Lok are enjoyed by the Lepchas. There are different types of dances, so watch out them when you travel the Sikkim tourist places.

Languages:


Sikkim is a multi-lingual state, where people of different communities who live together. In Sikkim, people use different local languages, like Tibetan, Bhutia, and Lepcha. There are other different languages spoken in Sikkim like Hindi and English apart from traditional Sikkimese language.