Experience a Colourful Celebration in Ladakh Festival 2012
When it happens: 1st – 15th September 2012
Where it happens: Leh (Ladakh), Jammu and Kashmir,India
Ladakh Festival 2012 is a Hindu festival that takes place from the 1st to the 15th day of September every year. The inauguration of the ceremony is celebrated with the procession of many different cultural troupes in Leh. The procession passes through the market and locals join in the singing and dancing up to the Polo ground. The locals put on their colourful traditional Ladakhi dresses as they perform their best songs and dances on the streets. The festival lasts for 15 days in different villages with regular programs.
There are a lot of things you can enjoy during the Ladakh Festival 2012. You can watch Archery, Polo and Mask dances in monasteries. You can also witness the traditional dances showcased by the different cultural troupes from the villages. There are also a series of dance program and musical concerts in town of Leh.
This celebration provides you with the chance to interact with other people and form new ties. This is the best time for you to get together with the village. You can find stalls where goods of daily needs and enjoyment are sold. You can also try eatables and enjoy them with your families and relatives. One of the most famous delicacies you can try is the thukpa or noodle soup. Tsampa is another prominent food made of roasted barley flour. A strictly Ladakhi food you should not miss is the skyu. Skyu is a heavy pasta dish with root vegetables.
The whole activity of the Ladakh Festival 2012 takes place in the courtyards of Gompas. You can experience masked dances and dance dramas. You will be amazed of the lively men and women dressed in colourful robes and cloaked with astonishingly frightful masks. Lamas and masks symbolize various aspects of the religion such as the purification and progress of the individual soul or the triumph of the good against evil. This is also an occasion where you will witness the wealth and cultural heritage of a certain monastery. You will see old weapons, religious objects, and big rare musical instruments during the performances.
The first ceremony of the Ladakh Festival 2012 is very interesting. You will see the male lama being accompanied by the monks. Dancers, singers and musicians also create a harmony to give you an unforgettable experience.
There are a number of themes you can enjoy, but the most famous are the victory of the good over evil and special stores related to the great Lama. Oftentimes, their powers are demonstrated in the stories. Another famous theme is the stories related to the Guru Padmasambhava. You will surely enjoy the colourful dances and the clowns that will overdose you with history and religion in a joyful atmosphere.