Stok Guru Tsechu Festival
Organized in the month of February, just a week before Matho Nagrang, Stok Guru Tsechu festival is a 2-day celebration where the months of Spituk and Stok monasteries take part in the festivities, performing mask dances. At the time of the festival 2 oracles visit the monasteires. These oracles are actually common men from the same village who are arranged by the monks for receiving the spirits of the deities.
Hemis Tsechu Festival
One of the most popular monastic festivals of Ladakh, Hemis festival is organized in the month of June for the commemoration of the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. The monks get dressed in vibrant brocade robes and wear colorful facial masks for performing a sacred dance drama of his life and its mission.
Celebrated in a cave gompa of Tak Tok in the summer months, Tak-Tok festivals is one of the most important festivals of Ladakh., A prime tourist attraction of Ladakh, this festival is also a huge hit amid the locals who visit the venue with full enthusiasm in huge numbers.
Matho Nagrang Festival
Celebrated at Matho monastery on the 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar, the Matho Nagrang festival is a 2-day event. This monastery the only gompa that belongs to Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. During the festival, the monks of the monastery wear colorful brocade and silk robes, and perform mask dances are performed by the monastery. The masks are the representation of the Gods and Goddesses.
The main highlight of this festival the presence of 2 oracles who attend the festival after a complete one month doing meditation in loneliness. These 2 oracles are present in the courtyard along with the masked dancers. They then give future predictions about the events that would befall. Locals even from faraway places come here so that they can get an advice regarding rituals that need to be performed to warding off disasters.
Phyang Tsesdup Festival
Phyang Tsedup festival is organized in the month of July / August. In the same manner as the other monasteries, the monks perform mask dances, wearing colorful brocade silk robes and masks depicting gods and goddesses. During the festival, a large thangka of Skyoba Giksten Gonbo is placed in the courtyard.
Create your Ladakh holiday around a festival
The different festivals of Ladakh offer a unique opportunity to explore the rich cultural and traditional landscape of the region. There are various festivals that happen through the year starting in February-March with the Guru Tsechu festival as Stok and the Matho Nagrang festival at Matho. Some of the biggest festivals are the Hemis festival in June and the Naropa festival in As guests of the royal family you may be granted special access and get the chance to have a more intimate experience at these festivals.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us for help in planning out your holiday in Ladakh around some of the festivals.