Pang Lhabsol is among the popular festivals in Sikkim which is celebrated with a great deal of pomp and grandeur. It is amongst the popular carnivals in Sikkim and it endows color and elegance to the already colorful state. The rich and varied tints play a very significant role in the cultural fiesta.
History of the Pang Lhabsol Festival
At Sikkim the third largest Mountain called Kanchenjunga is located and it is replete with numerous Buddhist Monasteries. The Monasteries are the sites of pilgrimage for the Mahayana Buddhist and Hinayana Buddhists. The Pang Lhabsol is designated as the third Chogyal of Sikkim. The word Phang means witness. The third Chogyal of Sikkim is recognized for the task of maneuvering the Pang -Toed Dance of the present day Monks.
Chogyal is the chronological and religious king of Sikkim who presides over all the holy ceremonies and scrutinizes the fate of people. In Sikkim the people worship the Lord Khanchendzonga who is also known as Chakdor Namgyal. This is a fiesta that ensures fellow feelings amongst the Lepchas and the Bhutias. The feeling of brotherhood is not rational but is based on the concept of love preached by Lord Buddha, because “Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions" (David Borenstein)
This process can only be attained by the implementation of Kye Bhumsa and Thekong Tek. On the day of the grand carnival the Lama displays the principal deity as a red –faced guardian angel, with a crown and five faces. He rides on a Snow Lion. The pageant show is exquisite and elegant, and is a remarkable show that deserves approbation and distinction.
Celebration of the Pang Lhabsol Festival
The pageantry is actually held in the month of August, on the 15th day. This is the day when India gained independence and is therefore the crucial time for the Indians. Invoking God on that day is regarded as very auspicious; the people of Sikkim seem to do that on behalf of the country.