Traditions & Culture West Sikkim
Festival like Saga Dawa is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour every year. This festival is considered as the day of lord Buddha’s birth and also known as Buddha Jayanti. It is the most sacred for the followers of Mahayana Buddhism also known as his attainment of enlightenment and salvation from this corporeal world.
Another one is Drukpa Teshi festival which is celebrated as on this day the Buddha preached his first sermon of four Noble Truths to his five disciples at a deer park in Sarnath
Likewise Phang Lhabsol is a unique festival of Sikkim which was popularized by the third king of Sikkim, Chakdor Namgyal. Mount Kanchendzonga is worshipped for its unifying powers in this festival and the treaty of blood brotherhood was also signed between the Lepchas and Bhutias by Khye Bumsa and Tetong Tek and the local deities were also invited to witness the occasion.
Tibetan New Year is also celebrated as Losar and is marked with lot of gaiety, festivity, feasting and merrymaking. It normally falls around the first week of February. Beside these festivals
Fairs & Festivals
Sikkim celebrate festivals like Saga Dawa, Drukpa Teshi festival , Phang Lhabsol, Losar, Bumchu, the Lhabab Dhuechen festival the Losoong festival, Dasain, Kagyed Dance, the Kalchakra Puja, Sakewa, Mha Puja, Namsoong, Barahimzong, Geel is also celebrated in Sikkim.
All important festivals of India are celebrated in Sikkim with great fervour. Apart from these there are some regional festivals of Sikkim which include Losar, Loosong, Saga Dawa, Lhabab Duechen, Drupka Teshi and Bhumchu that are celebrated by Buddhist religious communities. Losar – the Tibetan New Year in mid-December is an important festival of the state when most of the government offices and tourist centres are closed for a week.
Apart from biodiversity, Sikkim is also rich in its tradition and culture. There are many fairs and festivals which are celebrated in the state with much pomp and gaiety, Many festivals of this state are celebrated according to the Buddhist calendar. People wear traditional attire, colorful masks and celebrate their festival in the rhythm of musical instruments.