The festival of Losar has begun in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir to mark the beginning of New Year in this Himalayan region.
10 day long festival began with illumination of religious and residential places and by visiting monasteries for prayer. Losar is Tibetan word for ‘new year’ and this festival is an important social and religious celebration in Ladakh.
Traditional Celebrations of festival
- Following the old tradition, people from Ladakh visit graveyards of ancestor family members and pray for peace for the departed soul.
- Special food items during the festival are prepared to mark the occasion including guthuk, the soup with nine ingredients, khura are being served.
- People visit each other for exchange of Losar greetings. On third day of the festival is people wait for the night to see the first moon of the New Year
In India, Losar is also celebrated by Yolmo, Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung, and Bhutia communities residing in different regions in the country.