Losar, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Festival, began in Ladakh region

Dec 14, 2015 14:37 IST

Losar, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Festival began on 12 December 2015 in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. The festival marks the beginning of New Year for Buddhists.

The annual festival is celebrated by people of the area with traditional and religion fervor. The festival begins with illumination of religious and residential places.

Buddhists of Ladakh celebrate Losar as their new year. Before the rule of Jamiang Namgyal (1555 to 1610) this day was celebrated on the first day of Ladakhi Buddhist Year which is based in the moon and sun (quite similar to Hindus).

However, the day was advanced by two days after Jamiang Namgyal decided to invade Skardu before the New Year.

Since then, Losar is celebrated on the last two days of the 10th Bodhi month that coincides with December of Christian calendar.

During this, people of Ladakh specially remember ancestors of their family. On this day, people visit graveyards of their family members and pray for peace of the departed soul. Apart from this, people also visit each other houses for exchange of Losar greetings.

List of festivals of Ladakh and venue for celebrations

Name of Festival

Venue

Spituk Gustor

Spituk

Dosmochey

Leh & Likir Monastery

Yargon Tungshak

Nubra (Yarma)

Stok Guru Tsechu

Stok Monastery

Matho Nagrang

Matho Monastery

Saka Dawa

All over Ladakh

Yuru Kabgyat

Lamayuru Monastery

Hemis Tsechu

Hemis Monastery

Stongday Gustor

Zanskar

Karsha Gustor

Zanskar

Phyang Tsesdup

Phyang Monastery

Sachukul Gustor

Sachukul Monastery

Korzok Gustor

Tsomoriri

Dakthok Tseschu

Dak thok Monastery

Sani Nasjal

Zanskar

Deskit Gustor

Nubra

Thiksay Gustor

Thiksay

Chemday Wangchok / Padum

Chemray Monastery

Galden Namchot

All over Ladakh

Ladakhi Losar

All over Ladakh

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