Festivals in Sikkim
There are several festivals celebrated in Sikkim throughout the year. As people of Sikkim mostly follow Buddhism, the festivals celebrated here are associated to the Buddhist festivals.

Saga Dawa, one of the popular festivals is held on the full moon day of the fourth month of the Buddhist calendar. This is a festival celebrated in the name of three important events occurred in the life of Lord Buddha – his birth, enlightenment and the final Parinirvana. During the festival, prayers are held in all monasteries.

Similarly, Lhabab Duchen is celebrated on 22nd day of the ninth Buddhist month in November believing the Lord Buddha's descent from heaven after teaching his deceased mother, Mahamaya.

Another popular festival celebrated here is Pang Lhabsol that falls on 15th day of the seventh Buddhist month, falling in the month of August. On this day masked Lama Dances depict the guardian divinity as a sizzling red-faced deity with a crown of the five skulls, riding a snow-lion.

Also, Losar is the Tibetan New Year celebrated joyfully here which falls in the month of February. It is marked with lot of gaiety and festivities.

Additionally, specific to the Lepchas, Tendong Lho Rum Faat festival marks the celebration of the Tendong hill. According to legend, the hill had risen like a horn during a great flood to save the Lepchas.

For Hindus living in Sikkim, Dasain is the main festival. It signifies the victory of good over evil. The elders of the family put 'Tika' on the foreheads of the youngsters and bless them. And, Tihar too is also celebrated y them as the festival of lights with the lighting of lamps accompanied with traditional caroling called "Deusi" and "Bhailo".
Maghe Sankranti is one of the important festivals of the Nepali community in Sikkim. Held once a year on the 13th and 14th January, this festival is marked by holding fairs at the convergence of rivers and taking a sacrament dip in the river.

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