hemis-festival

Hemis Festival is the most important festival in Ladakh region. The festival is to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The festival is organized in the huge courtyard of the largest monastery in Ladakh. The festival is celebrated on the 9th, 10th and 11th day of 5th month according to the Tibetan calendar. It is also believed to be the days when Guru Padmasambhava fought with demons and defeated them. To portray this, Lamas and lay persons dress themselves in traditional clothes and century old masks, and perform a ritual dance depicting the victory of good over evil. Seeing the dance performance in itself is mesmerizing, and the music from drums and long horns only give you an extra reason to get spell bound.