February 27, 2017 12:00 am
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Losar is a combination of two words in Tibetan language i.e Leo means “year” and sure means “new” which is the first day of the Tibetan year as Tibetan calendar is lunisolar and identical to Chinese calendar. It is celebrated with ancient ceremonies that represent the struggle between good and evil. This festival is celebrated in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim..
Ladakh’s Loser Fest
The history behind the celebration is by the 17th century king, Jamyang Namgyal who shifted the new year two months before the actual date because hewas going to out for war on New Year’s day In the eleventh month of the lunar month, people of Ladakh started celebrating this festival with hanging prayer flags and offer prayers, ceremonies, sacred and folk dancing, partying to represent purified and renewed life ahead. 3 day celebration includes Lama loser or Gutor in which house cleaning and dishes are prepared, 2nd day religious ceremony take place and 3rd day includes visiting and celebrating with family and friends.
Sikkim’s Loser Fest:
The history is of Singme Namgyar, king of Sikkim who declared Buddhist New Year. Sonam Losar or agricultural new year is celebrated by sacrificing goat after washing, dressing and made to drink chang(local brew) for positive upcoming. Tab-zan known to be a special bread is added in the family meals.on the fifth day of Losar, dishes like boiled barley grains and Dib rug are prepared and served with chang for feasting and family celebration
Himachal Pradesh’s Loser Fest
Dominated areas with Buddhist have a great enthusiasm to celebrate this festival. The best gathering place aremonasteries located in the Lahaul district, which is wonderfully decorated with semi precious gems. People visit and enjoy the performance and other events to elaborate the evil spirit.
Losar is celebrated for three days. Houses are illuminated with colorful lamps, painted and 8 optimistic symbols are made on the walls. Families dress up, welcomes and visit relatives and friend’s house and present with a gift like khatak (ceremonial) scarf. In the evening, “Metho” (fire enlightens) bears and the villagers pass through the chanting and passing through the crowds with fire which is ceremonially to fly off evil spirits and hungry ghosts and to bring the positive deeds in the life. This festival is to ensure bad omens are not carried into the New Year.