Sikkim Holidays 2020
Read more about Sikkim Holidays 2020 and find out about the ethnicity and beliefs of the natives in Sikkim. Below mentioned are Sikkim Holidays 2020 which are observed regionally, publically or in selected sectors.
Sikkim highlights the beauty of nature and serene atmosphere with its bunch of festivals and fairs celebrated all throughout the year. Enriched with history and greenery, the natives of Sikkim celebrate religious or restricted festivals such as Saga Dawa, Drupka Teshi, Tihar or Diwali, Dasain or Durga Puja, HEE Bermiok Tourism Festival etc. with great joy and fervour. Innumerable tourists from India and around the world visit this state to witness the grand festivities and enjoy the auspicity of life. Below mentioned are some of the selected Sikkim Government Calendar 2020 which signify the wide culture and prosperity.
Sikkim Holidays 2020
|Date & Day||Holiday|
|January 1, Wednesday||New Year’s Day|
|January 15, Wednesday||Makar Sankranti|
|January 25, Saturday||Sonam Lochhar|
|January 26, Sunday||Republic Day|
|March 10, Tuesday||Holi, Doljatra|
|April 1, Wednesday||Bank Holiday|
|April 2, Thursday||Ram Navami|
|April 10, Friday||Good Friday|
|April 14, Tuesday||Dr Ambedkar Jayanti|
|May 16, Saturday||State Day|
|May 24, Sunday||Eid al-Fitr|
|July 13, Monday||Bhanu Jayanti|
|July 31, Friday||Bakrid / Eid al Adha|
|August 3, Monday||Rakhi|
|August 8, Saturday||Tendong Lho Rum Faat|
|August 11, Tuesday||Janmashtami|
|August 15, Saturday||Independence Day|
|September 1, Tuesday||Indra Jatra|
|October 2, Friday||Gandhi Jayanti|
|October 22, Thursday||Maha Saptami|
|October 24, Saturday||Maha Ashtami|
|October 24, Saturday||Maha Navami|
|October 25, Sunday||Vijaya Dashami, Durga Puja|
|October 31, Saturday||Lakshmi Puja|
|November 6, Friday||Lhabab Duchen|
|November 14, Saturday||Diwali|
|December 25, Friday||Christmas Day|
|December 30, Wednesday||Tamu Losar|
Note: These dates are subjected to change as per astrological calculations as well as government announcement. Visit this page and stay updated with the latest date and time.
List of Holidays in Sikkim
Below is the list of Sikkim Government Calendar 2020 which gives you an insight into the colourful culture and traditional beliefs that make this state a perfect standout.
According to Sikkim Government Calendar 2020, Sonam Lhochhar or Sonam Lhosar solemnizes the commencement of Tibetian New Year and is widely observed by the Tamang group of Sikkim. As per the Panchang, it falls on Shukla Pratipada in the month of Magh. Celebrations include cleaning and decorating households, families gathering together to wish each other, exchange gifts and well-wishes and make merriment. Damphu Dance is carried out on this day, and various skits highlighting the simple life of Lord Buddha are performed. Tamang Selo or Tamang folk songs are sung by the locals to ward off negative energies.
Among the list of Sikkim Holidays 2020, Bhanu Jayanti holds high significance. It marks the birth anniversary of Bhanubhakta Acharya, a renowned Nepali poet and writer and celebrated by Nepali-speaking natives in Sikkim. On this day, various cultural fairs and events are organized, and literary seminars are conducted, where literary enthusiasts, writers and novelists come together and mark their presence.
Tendong Lho Rum Faat
Tendong Lho Rum Faat is one of the Sikkim Holidays 2020 and celebrated by the Lepcha community in Sikkim. It is one of the ancient festivals in Sikkim, and mark the occasion when the holy Tendong Hill saved the Lepcha tribal ancestors from a severe flood, which lasted up to 40 days and nights. This festival is celebrated with great fanfare and grandeur at Namchi, where this hill is situated. The main highlight of this festival is a trek starting from Ravangla to the Tendong Hill.
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As per Sikkim Holidays 2020, Indra Jatra, also known as Yenya, is mainly observed by the Nepalese community NEWAR in Sikkim and celebrated with great enthusiasm. The main objective is to seek the blessings of Lord Indra, the King of Heaven and Hindu God Of Rain and pray for flourishing rain. On this day, huge processions on chariot are carried out, and classical dances are performed on the drum beats. This festival lasts up to eight days, where masked dance performances such as Lakhey, Pulu Kishi, Sawa Bhaku etc. are conducted.
Lhabab Düchen is a Buddhist festival and marks the descent of Lord Buddha from the Trāyastriṃśa heaven on this mortal world, Earth. As per the mythological legends, Lord Buddha arose up to the Trāyastriṃśa heaven to preach the Gods his philosophies and ways to attain Moksha or Salvation. It is believed that engaging in virtuous and charitable acts on this day helps to get rid of negativity in life and attain salvation from worldly desires.
Tamu Lochhar or Tamu Losar is mainly observed by the Gurung Community in Sikkim and other northeast neighbouring states. This day commemorates the beginning of the Gurung New Year. on this day, all family members, friends and relatives gather together, exchange well-wishes and greet each other for a good and prosperous life ahead. The state of Sikkim organizes fairs in various cities and locals as well as tourists from around the world witness the festivity with great enthusiasm.
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