Ladakh monastery festivals 2020

The traditional monastic festivals occur every year in most of the gompas in Ladakh. These festivals attract a large numbers of local people clad in Goncha (traditional Ladakhi dress) and spinning prayer wheels. They gather in the monastery’s courtyard in the early morning hours where traditional Tibetan music instruments are being played (drums, conch shells, cymbals and 4-metre-long trumpets called Dungchen). In the centre, Buddhist monks perform sacred dances known as Chams. Dancers wear colourful robes and imposing masks representing Guardians and Protectors to keep evil spirits away from the monastery.

Monastery festival in Ladakh, Phyang Tserup, mask dances at Phyang Gompa
Spituk Gustor Spituk Gompa 22-23 January 2020
Dosmochey Leh, Likir, Diskit 21-22 February 2020
Guru Tsechu Stok Gompa 03-04 March 2020
Nagrang Matho Gompa 08-09 March 2020
Saka Dawa All over Ladakh 05 June 2020
Yuru Kabgyat Lamayuru Gompa 18-19 June 2020
Hemis Tsechu Hemis Gompa 30-01 July 2020
Shashukul Gustor Shashukul Gompa 07-08 July 2020
Monastery festival in Ladakh, Hemis Tsechu, monk at Hemis Gompa
Phyang Tserup Phyang Gompa 18-19 July 2020
Korzok Gustor Korzok Gompa 23-24 July 2020
Thakthok Tsechu Thakthok Gompa 29-30 July 2020
Diskit Gustor Diskit Gompa 14-15 October 2020
Thiksey Gustor Thiksey Gompa 03-04 November 2020
Chemrey Wangchok Chemrey Gompa 13-14 November 2020
Galdan Namchot All over Ladakh 10 December 2020
Ladakhi Losar (New Year) All over Ladakh 15 December 2020
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