Sikkim’s diversified festivals have added a different angle to the state’s tourism sector. A state of diverse communities and different cultures, Sikkim hosts a number of exquisite festivals that exhibits its various cultures. A tourist can get a real taste of the various cultures of Sikkim by visiting these festivals. Every festival comes with its unique flavour. BE has compiled a list of the festivals that are celebrated widely in Sikkim.
Fairs and festivals of Sikkim
Maghe Sankranti Mela at Jorethang, South Sikkim : This is celebrated on the first day of the month of Magh corresponding to Gregorian calendar on January 13-15.
Guthor Chaam at Rumtek Monastery : This is celebrated two days prior to the Tibetan New Year (LOSAR) corresponding to the months of February /March.
Bumchu at Tashiding : This is celebrated on the 14th and 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the month of February /March.
Flower Festival at Gangtok : This is a great festival to attend for orchid lovers and is hyped between the month of March and May and also from October to November.
Saga Dawa : This is held in June.
Pang Lhabsol : This is held in September. Celebrations are held at Gangtok , Rabong and Lachung.
Durga Puja /Dasain : This is held in October.
Tyohar (Diwali) : This is held in October/November.
Guthor Chaam at Enchey Monastery : This is held on the 28th and 29th day of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the months of December/January.
Kagyed Dance : This is held on December 23 at Old Rumtek Monastery, Lingdum Monastery, and Phodong Monastery.
Loosong : This is held between the1st and the 7th days of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the month of December/ January.
The tourism sector of Sikkim arranges some unique festivals to attract tourists. BE has compiled a list.
Lampokahri Paryatan Mahotsav, Aritar, East Sikkim - April
Maniram Village Tourism Festival - April
Namchi Mahotsav, Namchi, South Sikkim – October
Cherry Festival, Temi, South Sikkim – November
Sikkim Red Panda Winter Festival, Gangtok - December
Pelling Tourism Festival – December
Loosong/ Winter Festival – Gangtok, December