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Sikkim comprises various communities and ethnic tribes that follow their rituals, traditions and festivals. These festivals are widely celebrated by the people of the state irrespective of religion and community.


This is the most important festival of Sikkim that is majorly celebrated among the Nepali community in October.

Pang Lhabsol

One of the popular festivals of Sikkim, Pang Lhabsol is celebrated to offer homage to Mt. Kanchenjunga and to commemorate the treaty of brotherhood among Lepchas and Bhutia.

Saga Dawa

This is one of the most famous festivals of Sikkim celebrated by the followers of Mahayana Buddhism to commemorate the birth of Lord Buddha, his attainment of nirvana and salvation from the world.

Pelling Winter Festival

Pelling Winter Festival also known as Kanchenjunga Winter Tourism Festival is a popular festival celebrated showcasing various cultural heritage along with various types of adventure activities such as trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding and many more.

Bumchu Festival

Bumchu is celebrated on the 15th day of the lunar calendar at Tashiding monastery where devotees come from nearby countries. The main highlight of the festival is the water-containing vessel that is believed to signify the fortunes of the coming year.

Maghey Sankranti

Also known as Makar Sankranti, the festival is celebrated for the onset of warmer weather. The festival is commonly celebrated among the Nepali community of Sikkim.


The Tibetan New Year, Losar is the most popular festival of Sikkim celebrated with great enthusiasm and energy. It is celebrated on the first day of the Tibetan lunar calendar.


Holi is a popular Hindu festival that is widely celebrated by the people of Sikkim. The festival marks the victory of good over evil which is celebrated with splashing of colours among each other.


Diwali or Laxmi Puja is another Hindu festival that is celebrated by the people of Sikkim with enthusiasm and energy. The festival marks the victory of good over the darkness.

Tamu Lochar

Tamu Lochar is the New Year of the Gurung community that is celebrated every year on the 30th of December.

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