Losoong/Namsoong in India in 2022

Losoong/Namsoong in India in 2022

  How long until Losoong/Namsoong?
Losoong/Namsoong
  Dates of Losoong/Namsoong in India
2023 Dec 12, Dec 13, Dec 14, Dec 15, Dec 16
SikkimSat, Dec 16Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Dec 15Regional Holiday
SikkimThu, Dec 14Regional Holiday
SikkimWed, Dec 13Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Dec 12Regional Holiday
2022 Jan 3, Jan 4, Jan 5, Jan 6, Jan 7
SikkimFri, Jan 7Regional Holiday
SikkimThu, Jan 6Regional Holiday
SikkimWed, Jan 5Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Jan 4Regional Holiday
SikkimMon, Jan 3Regional Holiday
2020 Dec 15, Dec 16, Dec 17, Dec 18, Dec 19
SikkimSat, Dec 19Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Dec 18Regional Holiday
SikkimThu, Dec 17Regional Holiday
SikkimWed, Dec 16Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Dec 15Regional Holiday
2019 Dec 27, Dec 28, Dec 29, Dec 30, Dec 31
SikkimTue, Dec 31Regional Holiday
SikkimMon, Dec 30Regional Holiday
SikkimSun, Dec 29Regional Holiday
SikkimSat, Dec 28Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Dec 27Regional Holiday
2018 Dec 8, Dec 9, Dec 10, Dec 11, Dec 12
SikkimWed, Dec 12Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Dec 11Regional Holiday
SikkimMon, Dec 10Regional Holiday
SikkimSun, Dec 9Regional Holiday
SikkimSat, Dec 8Regional Holiday
  Summary

An important harvest festival for Lepchas and Bhutias in Sikkim.

When is Losoong (Namsoong)?

Losoong (Namsoong) is a series of gazetted public holidays in the Indian state of Sikkim.

It begins on the first day of the10th month of Tibetan Lunar Calendar -  the new moon of the "Kurneet Lovo", according to Dungkit Karchu (Lepcha Calendar). This means it usually falls in December in the western calendar.

Traditions of Losoong (Namsoong)

Sonam Losoong (Farmers' Harvest) is a New Year celebration of the Sikkimese Bhutia. It is called Namsoong by the Lepchas. The festival marks 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 to Losoong.

The festival of Lossong is celebrated with traditional gaiety and colour both by the Lepchas and Bhutias. On the occasion pujas are performed for peace and prosperity for the new year. Certain competitions are also held in traditional skills, such as archery and the merry-making will continue for days.

Kagyed dance (Monastic dance) precedes the Lossong festival.

Source: Government of Sikkim

Nyempo Guzom

Nyempo Guzom, which falls on the days after Lossong, is considered an inauspicious occasion.

Just after the Losoong ends, people in Sikkim will observe the Nyenpa Guzom, a traditional practice when people usually stay indoors and no good works or ventures are made during the period.

 The two days of the Nyenpa Guzom are considered inauspicious as it signifies the gathering of ''Nine Bad Omens'' of Buddhist culture.

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