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Torgya Festival at Tawang

28th day of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar which generally falls in the month of January every year

The Torgya Festival is a three day festival signifying the destruction of evil spirits and harmful forces. It seeks to promote prosperity and happiness amongst the people. It is a Monastic festival  celebrated every year in the 28th day of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar which generally falls in the month of January every year. This festival is believed to be celebrated to chase out the evil spirits and usher prosperity and happiness for people and crops. During the festival a ritual monastic dances (wearing colourful mask) in magnificent traditional attires are performed in cham-lang the courtyard of the Tawang Monastery. A propitiation (Torgya) rite of Yamactaka Chak Khar Zur Gurpa is conducted and with this connotation the festival is called "Torgya". Thousands of people throng the monastery during these three days in their colorful, best dresses, making the festival a carnival of colours. The core event of the festival is Chham, a highly choreographed sacred dance lasting for three days. A select group of monks dressed in magnificent robes and wearing masks representing various divinities and earthly characters perform Chham in the courtyard of Tawang monastery to the accompaniment of beating drum and cymbals, blowing of huge telescopic horns and clarinets. In the afternoon of the first day, the abbot and other monks consign the sacrificial cake to the fire outside the compound of the monastery. On the final day of the festival, a vase initiation is bestowed by the abbot of the monastery to the people and after making offering and ablution rituals in the presence of Maitreya Buddha; the image is taken for a procession on the circumambulation path, while at the same time the giant sized brocade Thangka is displayed for public view. Every third year, this festival is celebrated on a grander scale and is called "Dung-gyur". During Dung-gyur the monks conduct "Mani Dum Drub" ritual (10 Millions of Mani Mantra recitation).

Brahmaputra Darshan Festival (28th to 31st January)

Brahmaputra Darshan Festival is a well-known event in Arunachal Pradesh. This festival takes place every third year at Roing. Brahmaputra is regarded as a masculine river in the north- eastern part of India. The river is worshipped as a God and it symbolizes harmony, peace and harvest of the country. Originating from Manas Sarovar, the river flows eastwards and gives life to the state. Arunachal Pradesh experiences the richness of the river in the form of crop and harvest. The river is popularly known as Siang among the locals. This river plays an important role in the economy and in the social life of Arunachal Pradesh. Brahmaputra Darshan Festival is a prominent festival in Arunachal Pradesh. People from different social strata take part in the festival and add significance to the festival. Brahmaputra Darshan Festival of Arunachal Pradesh starts with the worship of the river. Various cultural events like traditional dance, music and sports follow one after the other. There are other exhibitions like food festivals, local handicrafts, herbal medicines, boat race and river rafting. This festival enriches the experience of touring Arunachal Pradesh at such a time. This festival gives the tourists to enjoy various aspects of Arunachal Pradesh. The state gets a colourful tinge during the festival with the aura of celebration in the air. Brahmaputra Darshan Festival of Arunachal Pradesh takes place from 28th to 31st January. The venue of the festival changes every year and this allows the tourist to explore a new part of Arunachal Pradesh. The Brahmaputra Darshan festival is organized by Lower Dibang Valley district.

Losar Festival "Tawang" February or early March

You can be a part of the Losar Festival during your visit to Tawang

Tawang is one of the most beautiful hill stations you can ever visit during your travel to India. It is also an important center for Buddhist learning, something that attracts people from all across the world. Speaking of the fairs and festivals in Tawang, this picturesque hill station celebrates a good numbers of events throughout the year. The Losar Festival is among the most important festivals celebrated in Tawang Arunachal Pradesh. Losar is celebrated by the Monpas who are a majority in Tawang Arunachal Pradesh. Belonging to the Mongoloid stock, the Monpas are mainly into agriculture and animal husbandry. It must also be mentioned that Losar is the most important festival of the Monpas in Tawang Arunachal Pradesh.Commemorating the advent of the New Year, Losar is the occasion when the Monpas feast, drink and make merry. Relatives and friends get together and celebrate this festival in a very pompous manner. The festival of Losar falls in the end of February or early March and is celebrated for 8 - 15 days. Indeed, the joie-de-vivre that characterizes this festival is simply fascinating. Before the advent of the Losar festival in Tawang people can be seen cleaning their homes and discarding all unused and old items. It is believed that by doing so one can usher in good health, peace and prosperity to the house. You can also be a part of the Losar Festival during your visit to Tawang. Just get in touch with us today for details and well priced tour packages.