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.