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Festivals of Lepchas

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Date: 2020-01-04

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  • Sotak Rum Faat Festival where special prayers are offered to gods to avoid hails in March –April for protecting the orange buds and flowers. This Festival takes place in the month of January /February.
  • Che Rum Faat – This is a spring time Festival in which prayers are offered to Mt Khangchendzongna, to keep out and protect the locals from diseases which are normally associated with summers. Lots of chicken and eggs are offered as sacrifice during this Festival and only white flowers are offered during this puja. This Festival takes place during the month of March.
  • Tarok – it is a puja offered by the woman folk asking for forgiveness for sacrificing chicken during Che Rum Faat
  • Sum Purtan Rum Faat – It’s similar to Che Rum Faat except it’s Festival which takes place in villages around Kyong Rong Chu of Passingdang, Mantam, Kayem and Lingdem. In this Festival locals offer prayers of gratitude & thank the protective deity Mt Khangchendzongna for its benevolence and protection. The Festival takes place during the month of May / June.
  • Chu Rum Faat – It’s a Festival which offers prayers to all mountain Gods. The Festival takes place during the months of Aug/ Sept
  • Punjuk Rum Faat – This is a very special Festival where individual clans offer prayers to Gods of Forest. Prayers are offered to Gods for good gathering of medicinal herbs, roots and tubers and meats/fish. During this Festival prayers are also offered so that hunters do not see their friends as animals and shoot them by mistake. This Festival takes place during the month of October.
  • Namsoong – This Festival is for celebrating and brining in the New Year. Festival usually takes place during the months of November / December with Prayers offering to all Gods (Lakes, Mountains, Rivers, Forest, and other Natural elements) followed by festivities, local games and competitions and feasts. In the olden days Cherry Blossoms was an indications that Namsoong Festival is just a month away.

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