Revered Festival Of Sikkim
Event – Saga Dawa
Venue – Sikkim/Tibbet
Type – Religious / Cultural
Date – 21st May, 2016 / Buddha Purnima
The Key Attraction – Mask Dance
Why to Attend the Festival?
The colourful Saga Dawa festival 2016 is manifestation of the diverse and vibrant culture of the country. Although, a sacred event still the festival is replete with music, dance and celebration. Come to the Indian state Sikkim to enjoy the revelry of this blessed festival.
In Bhutia language Buddha Jayanti is called Saga Dawa. Buddha Purnima as per Hindu calendar marks this festival. Celebrated especially by Mahayana Buddhists, it is the most revered festival in Sikkim. On this day, people gather in temples, light up butter lamps to pay homage to Lord Buddha. Butter lamps are basically clarified yak butter or vegetable oil in a dish with a wick. The ceremony consists of a grand parade by Monks who moves carrying the holy book from Tsuklakhang Palace Monastery around Gangtok. Blowing of horns, turning of prayer wheels by monks, burning of incense and beating of drums gives liveliness to the procession. The fest aims to pray for the survival and dissemination of Buddha’s teachings. People get themselves dressed in traditional attire and gather on the streets to receive blessings by touching the Holy Scriptures carried by the monks.
History Behind The Celebration
Saga Dawa Festival is an ancient festival that is celebrated by the followers of Buddha in various countries in different ways. It is the celebration of three remarkable events of Lord Buddha’s life – birth, enlightenment and ‘parinirvana’
How To Reach Gangtok
By Air – Bagdora, West Bengal, 124 Km away from Gangtok is the nearest airport. From airport one can taxi/private vehicle to reach Gangtok. Helicopter service is also available operated by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation which takes 20 min to reach.
By Train – New Jalpaiguri, 117 Km away from Gangtok is the closest railway station. It is well linked to all the major cities like Kolkata, New Delhi. The town can be reached by hiring a taxi or state run buses available at Siliguri Bus Stand.
By Bus – Gangtok is well connected by roadway to all the nearby major towns and cities including Siliguri (115 Km), Kolkata (670 Km), Darjeeling (98 Km) and Kalimpong (74 Km). Private buses/taxis/jeeps (via NH 31) from Siliguri or Bagdora are good options to reach the place.