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The Mask Dance at Hemis Festival
The Opening Ceremony of Hemis Festival
Hemis Monastery during Hemis Festival
The aura of Hemis Festival

We can bet you have never heard about this colourful festival of Ladakh, India – 2019

The land of Ladakh is embellished with the blast of colours and celebrations during the annual festival of the Hemis in commemoration of the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. This two day jollification festival is organised in the open courtyards of the Hemis Monastery.

This festival is celebrated on the 10th day of the Lunar month, Tse-Chu as per the Tibetan calendar. The dates of the festival for the year 2019 is in the month of July 11th and 12th.

The Open Courtyards of Hemis Monastery

Highlights of this culturally rich festival :-

Full house at Hemis Festival
  • Lamas dance to the traditional folk music and instruments like drums, horns, etc.
  • Mask dances known as the Cham dance that is performed surrounding the centre pole of the monastery
  • A dance that depicts the birth of Guru Padmasambhava. Devil dances that show the rise of good over evil.
  • You will get to see the Ladakh ornaments and outfits that are adorned by the Lamas
  • In the concluding dance the evil mask is destroyed and thrown in different directions which means the soul is liberated and purified after death.
Hemis Monastery
Hemis Monastery

Why to visit Ladakh during Hemis Festival ?

  • Connect to the local folks and their cultural vibe at grassroots level.
  • It is our personal experience while being the part of this festival will help you meet people from diverse nationalities and culture and you will be intrigued to see how they immerse themselves in our Indian culture more than what we do as Indians.
  • Making such offbeat choices will make you a traveller more than a common tourist and we are sure that it will enhance your experience, individuality and perspective as a traveller.  
Lamas Performing the traditional folk dances

This  is our second blogpost in the Ladakh series. To read Sightseeing In Ladakh | What to see? | Where to go? , click on the link.

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