Marking the beginning of a new year in Ladakh, the Losar is one of the most important festivals in this small ex- Buddhist kingdom. The history of this auspicious festival dates back to the pre-Buddhist Bon era in Tibet. During the ancient times, a spiritual ceremony was conducted in the winters of every year. Looking at its significance, the ceremony was later converted into a full fledged yearly Buddhist festival in Ladakh. In the present times, Losar celebrations in Ladakh start much ahead of the actual date of the festival. These pre celebrations are usually some sort of preparations that locals indulge in. This include decorating the streets and homes, discarding of old unused materials and keeping the vicinity clean. The idea behind all the decoration and cleanliness is to ward off evil and bring peace and prosperity.
Losar festival commences with religious offerings to Goddess Palden Lhamo by monks of Namgyal monastery. The grand festival is attended by dignitaries of various Buddhist countries. Continuing for nearly two weeks, Losar celebrations are filled with unique and colorful festivities. All this makes the Losar a lifetime experience for everyone.