On a tour to India don't miss to include Himachal Pradesh in your itinerary. This snow capped hill station boasts of a distinguished Austrian spirit which is very well translated through its conifer topped mountains and Swiss style huts with sloping roof and wide eaves. Some of the best tourist spots of this state of India are Shimla, Dalhousie, Kullu, Kasauli, Manali, Chail and Kufri. These hill stations are like a gem in the crown of Himachal Pradesh. However, on an overall view of Himachal Pradesh it should be mentioned that apart from its scenic beauty the thing that will impress you most is its colorful culture and traditions. And the best way to observe its culture and traditions is to visit this stunning state in India during fairs and festivals.
One of such festivals that will take you close to the culture and traditions of the state is Losar, Himachal Pradesh. During this festival local deity is worshipped to ensure happiness and prosperity for the local people in winters. This apart, Losar in Himachal Pradesh is also observed to signify the victory of good over evil. It is also a day to commemorate the assassination of the ruthless Tibetan King called 'Langdarma' in the 9th century.
Time of celebrating Losar Festival
Most of the time misinterpreted as devil dance, the Losar in Himachal Pradesh is observed on 25th of eleventh month of local calendar. According to English calendars, this festival falls between the months of November and December. Precisely, its celebration takes place from mid November and continues to first week of December.
Description of Losar in Himachal Pradesh
Tibetan New Year or say Losar in Himachal Pradesh is celebrated with much fervor and gaiety. The celebration of this festival is marked with kindling if lamps by native people. They burn sacred lamps before their local deity called Kimshu and sing Darshid songs early in the morning. After this they move towards meeting their friends. However, it is not before mid day that people come out of their homes. While offering prayers to God, the local people make some square lumps of mixed flour known as Brang-Gyas and place it in a plate.
Once it is done, they gather the statutes of the gods and sweets around the lump along with domestic animal's figurines. The important point about this is that all the statutes and figurines should remain odd in number. The sight of the platter replete with statutes and figures in the early morning is held to be very auspicious.