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Losar festival, which has its origin in the 15th century, celebrates the Ladakhi or Tibetan New Year. It is said to last 15 days, but the first 3 days are the most important ones. It is mainly celebrated over a period of 3 days in late January or February, according to the Tibetan calendar. Humorous events such as the dance of the deer and the amusing battles between the King and his various ministers are highlights of this festival. Losar is characterised especially by dancing, music, and a general spirit of merrymaking. Also Read - Here Are 20 Photos of Ladakh That Will Have You Gearing up For a Trip!
In Ladakh, Losar is regarded as the most important socio-religious event. The festival is marked by making offerings to the Gods, both in Gompas and their shrines. The celebrations are an amalgamation of ancient rituals, staged dance dramas, the dance of the Ibex deer and lots of music, dance and revelry for the people. The auspicious images of the Ibex deer and other symbols are made on the door, walls of the kitchen and wooden columns to welcome the New Year. Also Read - Things You Must Remember While Driving to Leh - Ladakh
Losar is marked with ancient ceremonies that represent the struggle between good and evil. Watching the popular “Metho” ceremony, where hundreds of people carrying flaming torches and chanting prayers parade through the streets to chase away evil spirits and hungry ghosts, is an experience of a lifetime. These blazing torches, which are eventually thrown away, are supposed to ward off the evil and is a spectacular way to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new.
The festivities are spread over two weeks during the eleventh month of the Buddhist year, which can mean November, December, January or February. The dates and the location change every year.