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.

 

Visit Sikkim Monasteries for an Enchanting Practice

Monasteries in Sikkim
Monasteries form an integral part of Sikkim tourist places. The depiction of a rich cultural heritage and religious lifestyle of the Sikkim peoples are closely interlinked with the monastery culture. There are almost about 250 monasteries or Gompas of Nyingma and Kagyu order in Sikkim. Guru Padmasambhava is the presiding deity at all this monasteries. The culture of Sikkim is closely related to Tibetan Buddhism. Monasteries form a vital part of Sikkim. Most of the monasteries belong to the Nyingmapa Sect or the Kargyupa Sect. Buddhism is an essential part of Sikkim and its culture. Many of them recommend trips to observe the striking Sikkim tourist places which have a monastery as their eventual destination. The monasteries that are closest to Gangtok are Enchey, Rumtek and Phodong.

Rumtek Monastery:
It is one of the largest monastery in the Eastern Himalaya. It was built by the Gyalwa Karmapa in strict accordance with the traditional designs of the Kagyurpa monastery in Tibet. This renovated monastery is decorated with tenkhas and fescoes. The main Temple of the Dharma Chakra Centre also has a 31 feet high Golden Stupa. It abodes some of the worlds most unique art objects, ancient manuscripts and icons.

Pemayangtse Monastery:
This is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of Sikkim tourist places.This monastery belongs to the Nyingma-pa sect. It is a three storied building of the monastery having with a good collection of wall paintings and sculptures. This monastery is also famed for its scenic location as it commands an inspiring view of Mount Khanchendzonga.

Enchey Monastery:
This monastery A 200 year old structure situated in Gangtok on a hill top. The monastery includes various images of Gods and goddesses along with the several religious stuffs. And this monastery is well known for the mask dance called ‘Cham’ performed in the month of January.

Tashiding Monastery:
This monastery is situated on a hilltop looming between the Rathong and the Rangit rivers. It is lying in the western part of Sikkim. The Tashiding Monastery is around 40 kms from Gyalshing by road.

Phensang Monastery:
This monastry is situated in the North Sikkim. I was builted in the year 1721. There are around 300 monks in the monastery. This monastery was completely demolished by fire in 1947 and it was rebuilt in 1948.

Phodong Monastery:
Phodong Monastery is one of the most beautiful monastery in Sikkim.It is 28 kms away from Gangtok.This Monastery was also rebuilt. Ancient wall paintings are piled up in this monastery which is put on display during its annual festival. Religious dances are an integral part of this festival.

There are also much more monasteries like Ralong Monastery, Tsuk-La-Khang Monastery, Pal Zurmang Kagyud Monastery, Dalling Monastery, Kewzing Monastery, Dubdi Monastery, Yangyang Monastery, Namchi Monastery, Khatok Monastery etc… Many Buddhist monasteries are repositories of artistic treasures, including wall paintings, tankas, and bronze images. You can explore beautiful Sikkim tourist places if you make a trip.

 

Explore the Magical Charm of Sikkim Spots

Prominent as a hilly region in the eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is one of the beautiful land having with its extravagant surroundings. Sikkim shares its borders with Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and West Bengal. Once if you visit sikkim tourist places, you can witness the culture, festivals and attractions of this incredible place. The place is blessed with the spectacular ush green vegetation, majestic mountains and rich flora & fauna.

Travel to Sikkim tourist places brings you the opportunity to visit the following tourist attractions:

Trekking:

Sikkim is the best spot for trekking. There are around five trekking peaks for the trekkers, which is established by Government of Sikkim. The land offers you several treks that take you through pine forests, monasteries ,beautiful valleys and to mountain lakes. Mountain biking, river rafting, kayaking are the other adventures that tourists can experience on their Sikkim trip.

Wildlife:

Sikkim possess its rich variety of flora and fauna. The extreme temperature of sikkim further makes it apt for natural habitat for wildlife. It also takes conceit in protecting 550 species of birds. The most well-known national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that give shelter to these animals are Khangchendzonga National Park, Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary and Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary etc. Tourists can travel around the varied Sikkim wildlife for having a different experience.

Monasteries:

Sikkim tourist places include Buddhist Gompas or monasteries. Monasteries in Sikkim are the indivisible part of Sikkim. These are Buddhist Gompas which are considered to be the soul of Sikkim. There are almost around 200 monasteries which belongs to the Nyingma and Kagyu. Rumtek, Labrang, Pemayangtse and Enchey are the most famed Sikkim monasteries.

Culture:


The residents of Sikkim are very friendly people. An important part of the culture of Sikkim are traditional music and dances . People of various communities live in the place in harmony. Archery,is a well-liked sport of the place and is conventionally played after the harvests.

Festivals:


The festivals of Sikkim add more attraction to the Sikkim state. These colourful events are considered to be the holy beginning of any activity. Bringing up peoples together, on the occasions are a reason to enjoy. Phang Labsol, Bum-chu, Lhabab Dhuechen and Saga Dawa are the famous festivals that are celebrated in Sikkim.

Sikkim Cities:


If you visit Sikkim, just visit the most wonderful cities like Gangtok, Pelling, Jorethang Kalimpong and Singtam.