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.

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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.