Throughout the world, festivals are great expressions of the joy of life. We offer the chance to experience the monastic festivals of Ladakh, with their ancient rituals, which connect the energy of the self with that of nature and the universe.
Many Ladakhi festivals are held in winter – a relatively idle time for most of the population – and involve dance-dramas performed by lamas attired in colourful robes and masks. Monks mime aspects of Buddhist religion, such as the progress of the individual soul and its purification, and the triumph of good over evil, to the accompaniment of complex chants in Tibetan and Sanskrit.
The festivals are generally held to commemorate the establishment of a particular monastery, the birth anniversary of its patron saint, or a major event in the history of Buddhism.
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