Hemis Festival 2014 was celebrated with great enjoyment. Hemis Festival Ladakh 2014 are renowned for its full swing with lot of fun fair. Here in Ladakh every event and every occasion whether big or small is celebrated be it harvesting, festivals, birth, marriage and commemoration of head Lamas beginning of the monastery, flowering and Losar (New Year) is marked by Singing of folksongs, dancing and the feasting all this is part of Ladakh’s existing legacy. The majority of the festivals are held in winter and there are some popular mask festivals that are held in summer too. The monastic festivals held in Ladakh are important and very popular too, since these festivals are presented by Monks with lots of funfair, colourful garments and different mask dancing. The Ladakh Festivals have been appreciated all over the world. Many travelers flock around the Fairs and Festivals to be part of Buddhist way of life, history and voyage. One of the celebrated cultural festivals in Ladakh is Hemis Festival. The tourists in particular travel to Ladakh during this season to be part of this festival for two-day. Ladakh Tours includes some of the best Tour packages such as Ladakh Cultural Tours. This two-day Hemis festival symbolizes Buddhist guru Padmasambhava’s birth anniversary and happens in the popular Hemis Gompa situated 45 kilometers away from Leh.
Activities held during Hemis Festival 2014
The Ladakh Hemis Festival is the biggest attraction amongst locals and tourists and it is one of the famous and biggest religious festivals of Ladakh. The Hemis festival of Ladakh is the oldest festival structured in the Ladakh’s oldest and richest 300 year old Hemis Monastery. The Hemis festival in Ladakh is two day commemorate in the month of June falls on the 10th day (called Tse-Chu in the local language) of the Tibetan lunar month to celebrate the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, he was the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. The Hemis festival in Ladakh happens in the courtyard of Hemis Gompa located 45 kilometres from Leh it is the largest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh. The Hemis Monastery is divided into two parts, one is the assembly hall towards the right and the most important temple is towards left. The Hemis festival of Ladakh showcases sacred dance drama of the life and mission of Buddhist people and monks, the performance is performed wearing colorful brocades robes and facial masks. During the festival the courtyard is decorated with four-storey Thankas of Guru Padmasambhava and other valuable and important Thankas are hanged and exhibited. A day before this two day festival that is on the 9th day the monks from Chemday Monastery and Hemis gather in the courtyard to worship the Guru Takpo who is angry appearance of Guru Padmasambhava. They, the monks, practice the dance and singing for the opening celebration without the mask. The Hemis Festival Ladakh is commemorates the victory of good over evil. The festivals are very decorative and colourful and on the day of festival a ritual is followed, the locals wear bright colourful clothes with mask and dance with lots of music and singing. The best part of the Hemis festival is the exceptional mask dancing performed by Lamas accompanied by the drums, cymbals and long horns. This dance performance by Lamas represents this festival’s essential idea of victory of good over evil. All the Lamas assemble near the central courtyard that is situated in the Hemis monastery early in the morning. And with sweet smells of incense sticks and herbs and echoing music of the instruments like drums, bells, pipe and cymbals the monks come out of the Monastery. The Monks perform a dance performance in front of deities Hayagriva father, mother and 11 furious deities including Yaksha Meva, he is the son of Hayagriva representing the life and mission of Guru Padmasambhava, to achieve victory over evil hence it is called ‘Setting Limit’ here the 13 monk dancers dance wearing 13 black hats and tantric dresses with emblematic connotation with their invoking spiritual power over evil. After the performance of setting limit, the 13 dancers cleanse the land and the disciples and teachers bestow the blessing to convert it into a pure Buddha land. Another attraction that pulls the crowd is the local liquor that is served on the celebration day of the Hemis festival. Here there are many shops and stalls during the fairs and festivals a haven for the locals as well as tourists to purchase a variety of souvenirs and handicrafts that are well presented and displayed from a large variety and also the tourists can window-shop.
Thiksey Gustor Festival, Karsha Gustor Festival and Spituk Gustor Festival
The Gustor Festival ladakh is yet another festival take place at Karsha, Thiksey and Spituk in another month of the year. The Gustors festival is celebrated for two days. The Gustors festival is celebrated to mark the occasion of the triumph over evils. The mask dancing signifies the Gods and Goddesses, the protectors and the Guardians. This marked celebration ends with the burning of the effigy of evils and representational elimination of evils.
Dosmoche Festival Ladakh
The Dosmoche festival is celebrated in Leh at Leh Palace, Deskit in Nubra valley Monastery and Liker at Lower Ladakh Monastery in the month of February. The most celebrated and famous amongst all is the Leh Palace Dosmoche that is famously celebrated in the courtyards of the Leh palace for two days. You will discover lots of Leh Hotels in Leh comprising of best amenities and ranging from 5 Star hotels Leh to Budget hotels Leh. Year after year, turn by turn the monks perform the Chams from the various monasteries. This festival is celebrated in the beginning and end of the Tibetan New Year. The monks of Takthok monastery organize the contribution with Thread crosses that combine all the hungry ghosts, evil and guards against the natural tragedies and disasters in the coming year. On the second day of the Dosmoche Festival Ladakh, the offerings are taken far of the town in a marching parade and destroy it by fire, burn it till it turns to ashes whereas people whistle and shout to chase away the evil spirits.
Matho Nagrang Festival
Yet another festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 1st month of Tibetan calendar called Matho Nagrang at the Matho monastery. The Matho monastery is the only monastery of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. This festival is celebrated for two days, the monks of the Matho monastery perform the mask dancing wearing mask and colourful silk robes of different Gods and Goddesses. The Two day festival is celebrated with lot of fun and fair, Monks wearing masks of Gods and Goddesses dance around in colourful silk brocade costumes. It is also popular for the manifestation of the two Oracles after the isolated full moon meditation during the festival. The main attraction here is the two oracles that appear in the courtyard along with mask dancers forecast upcoming events in seekers life so peoples come from faraway places to inquire about the performing rituals and deal with the disasters.