Losoong also called Namsoong by the Lepchas is the Sikkimese New
Year. It is usually the time when the farmers rejoice and celebrate
their harvest. Although the festival is celebrated privately among
family members and friends there is an air of festivity all around. The
Black Hat dance takes place at this festival commemorating the victory
of good over evil, with ‘chaams’ held in many monasteries two days prior
The festival of Lossong is mostly celebrated in the month of December
every year with traditional gaiety and colour both by the Lepchas and
Bhutias. Certain competitions are also held in traditional skills, such
as, archery and bouts of merry making go on for days.
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