Losar in Tawang
- Drive through Sela pass which was once a Tibetan border
- Enjoy the Buddhist New Year festival “Losar” among the Mahayana believers
- Explore Asia’s second largest monastery
In Arunachal Pradesh, Losar is celebrated by the Monpas who are a majority in Tawang. Belonging to the Mongoloid stock, the Monpas are mainly into agriculture and animal husbandry. Before the advent of the festival, 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.
Commemorating the advent of the New Year, Losar is the occasion for the Monpas to 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.
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