LADAKH FESTIVAL DATES
|Name of festival||2015||2016||2017||2018||2019||2020|
|Spituk Gustor1||January18-19||January 7-8||January 25-26||January 3-4||January 3-4||January 22-23|
|Stongde Gustor||July 4-5||July 22-23||July 12-13||July 1-2||July 20-21||July 8-9|
|DosmocheyLeh/Likir||February 17-18||February 6-7||February 24-25||February 13-14||February 2-3||February 21-22|
|Deskit Gustor||October10-11||October 28-29||October 17-18||October 7-8||October 26-27||October 14-15|
|Stok Guru Tseschu||February 27-28||February 16-17||March 6-7||February 24-25||February 14-15||March 3-4|
|Matho Nagrang||March 4-5||February 21-22||March 11-12||March 1-2||February 18-19||March 8-9|
|Sindhu Darshan||June 12-15||June 12-15||June 12-15||June 12-15||June 12-15||June 12-15|
|Saka Dawa||June 2||May 20||June 9||May 29||June 17||June 5|
|Hemis Tseschu||June 26-27||July 14-15||July 3-4||June 23-24||July 11-12||June 30-July 1|
|Yuru Kabgyad||June 14-15||July 1-2||June 21-22||June 11-12||June 29-30||June 18-19|
|Karsha Gustor||July 14-15||July 31 Aug 1||July 21-22||July 11-12||July 30-31||July 18-19|
|Phyang Tserup||July 14-15||July 31-Aug 1||July 21-22||July 11-12||July 30-31||July 18-19|
|Korzok gustor||July 19-20||August 5-6||July 26-27||July 15-16||August 3-4||July 23-24|
|Dakthok Tsechu||July 26-27||August 13-14||August 2-3||July 22-23||August 10-11||July 29-30|
|Sani Naro Nasjal||July 30-31||August 17-18||August 6-7||July 26-27||August 14-15||August 2-3|
|Shachukul Gustor||July 4-5||July 21-22||July 11-12||June 30- July 1||July 19-20||July 7-8|
|Thiksay Gustor||October 30-31||November 17-18||November 6-7||October 27-28||November 15-16||November 3-4|
|Chemday Angchok||November 9-10||November 27-28||November 16-17||November 5-6||November 24-25||November 13-14|
|Galdan Namchot||December 5||December 23||December 12||December 2||December 21||December 10|
|Losar||December 12||December 30||December 19||December 8||December 27||December 15|
Fair and Festival
In Ladakh every occasion marriage, birth, harvesting, commemoration of head Lamas founding of the monastery, Losar (new year) and flowering is marked by feasting, dancing and the singing of folksongs that forms a part of its living heritage. Most of the festivals are held in winter but some popular festival take place in summer too. The monastic festivals are the heart of all the festivals. They are performed by Monks wearing colorful silk garments and different facial mask.
Hemis festival is one of the most famous monastic festivals in June to commemorate birth of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. The sacred dance drama of the life and mission is performed wearing facial masks and colorful brocades robes. The three-day festival takes place from 9th to 11th. Especially the monkey year festival, which comes in a cycle of 12 years. During it the four-storey thanka of Guru Padma Sambhava is hung in the courtyard and other precious thankas are also exhibited.
Thiksey, Karsha and Spituk Gustor:
Gustors take place at Thiksey, Spituk and Karsha in different months of the year. The festival takes place for two days. The celebration is to mark the victory over evils. The mask worn by the dancers represent the Guardians, Protectors and the Gods and Goddesses. The festival ends with the symbolic assassination of evils and burning of the effigy of evils.
Dosmochey is celebrated in Leh (Leh Palace), Liker (Lower Ladakh) and Deskit (Nubra valley) monasteries in February. The most famous among all is Leh Dosmochey, which is celebrated for two days in the courtyards of the Leh palace. The monks from different monasteries perform the Chams every year turn by turn. The festival takes place in the end and starting of the Tibetan New Year. The monks of Takthok monastery prepares the offering with Thread crosses which binds all the evil, hungry ghosts and guard against natural disaster in the coming year. On the second day of the festival, the offerings are taken out of the town in a procession and burn it while people whistle to chase away the evil spirits.
Matho Nagrang is celebrated on the 15th day of the 1st month of Tibetan calander, at Matho monastery, the only monastery of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. During these two days of festival mask dances are performed by monks of the monastery wearing colorful silk brocaded robes and mask in different forms of God and Goddesses. The festival is famous because of appearance of the two oracles during the festival after full month meditation in complete isolation. The two oracles appear in the courtyard accompanying mask dancers and predict future events and people from far and away come to seek advice to perform ritual to tackle with.
The Department of Tourism sponsor a 7 days Ladakh Festival every year for promotion of Tourism.
The main aim of organizing this festival in the month of September is to extend the lean tourist season in the region and also to represent and prorogate the rich cultural heritage of the area. The grand success of the festival and the tremendous response from both foreign and home tourists is due to the rich cultural heritage and variety of other attractive programmes like traditional Polo match and Village archery. The famous mask dance in the monasteries including exhibitions of invaluable Thankas and other Ritual Instruments of the monasteries. The tourists have the opportunities to see the entire traditional cultural programme of the region like Traditional Folk dance and songs of different parts of Ladakh. The grand achievements of the Ladakh Festival are noticeable of the significant increase in the arrivals of tourists during the lean tourist season of the year.
Sindhu Darshan Festival has in-fact became a movement signifying National Integration and unity
among diversity. Sindhu Darshan festival is held on 12th , 13th, and 14th, of June every year