Hemis Festival

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About Hemis Festival of Ladakh

Marking the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, Hemis Festival is not only one of the most important Buddhist celebration in Ladakh but is also the most popular festival amongst tourists. Held in one of the most-visited monasteries in Ladakh, Hemis Gompa, the festival is a two-day event that is celebrated on the 10th day of the fifth month of Tibetan Calendar, which is the month of June/July in Gregorian Calendar.

On this popular festival in Ladakh, Cham Dance and other traditional dances are performed in Hemis Monastery on the beats of drums and cymbal and on the tunes of long pipe like Tibetan music instrument. On both days, giant thangkas (Buddhist paintings) are unfurled for the public. In fact, every 12th year, the largest thangka in Ladakh is unfurled in Hemis on the first day of the festival for the public to see.

Festival Dates/Months :June/July

Highlights of Hemis Festival :

  • Cham Dance
  • Unfurling of Thangkas (Buddhist paintings)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is the Hemis Festival celebrated?

Hemis Festival is celebrated in the month of June/July every year.

Q. Where is Hemis Festival held?

Hemis Festival is held at the popular Hemis Monastery near Leh.

Q. What is the major attraction of Hemis Festival?

In the Hemis Festival, the Cham Dance performances and the unfurling of giant thangkas are the major attractions.

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