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Losar festival

Losar festival

Losar festival celebrate in the Arunachal Pradesh by the monpa and other community. Other community like Sherdukpens, Memba, Khamba and Nah. Mainly this festival known as new year festival for tibetan Buddhism. This is a annual festival for tibetan Buddhism. Losar festival mainly celebrate in three day by monpa community and started this festival February 11 each year.

Losar festival
Losar festival
In the first day of losar he prepare feast among his families and the priests make offering to the highest priest called the Dharmapala, whereas the masses visit friends and family and wish them Tashi Delek.Also according to the local cultural, sprouted barley seeds and other grains are offered on home altars to ensure a good harvest.

Losar festival
Losar festival dance
In the second day of losar known as Gyalpo Losar. This day national leaders and kings are honoured. On this day people are exchange gifts among with family and relatives. Third day of losar festival known as Choe Kyong Losar. The people make offerings to Dharmapala and tie prayer flags on rooftops and across the locality and celebrate the festival among the community. Although the spiritual observance ends on the third day.

History of the Loser Festival

Losar festival is the date of ex-Buddhist Bon Era in Tibet. Historically, the Buddhist festival of Losar is celebrated during the winter solstice, but Ladakh adheres to a different set of rules while celebrating their Losar festival. There is an interesting story on the root of the loser gatherings in Ladakh. On the eve of the establishment of a campaign against the Balastar forces in winter, King Jameong Namgyal was advised not to lead the campaign before the new year. To solve the problem, in relation to the advice, he celebrated New Year in Ladakh for two months.

It was established as a tradition and since then, on the first day of the eleventh month (according to the lunar calendar) is celebrated every year. During this festival people provide adequate sunlight to promote local deities and spirits. Later, this event was converted into an annual Buddhist festival which was probably started during the tenure of the ninth Tibetan King, Pud Gongyal.

During festival young boys and girls perform the colourful traditional dance of monpa community.


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