Losoong, also called Sonam Losoong or Namsoong is the celebration of Sikkimese New Year of the Bhutia tribe though celebrated by both Lepchas and Bhutias. The date comes in the month of December every year. It falls on the 18th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan Calendar.
It is the farmer's traditional festival of harvest in the Bhutia community, though Lepchas also participate. The grand and extravagant carnival in Sikkim is celebrated in a huge way, Dance and musical performances are held.
At the end of harvest, they pray for a good harvest next year. Though it is a privately celebrated festival among the family members, relatives, and friends but during this time festive air is all around. The festival commemorates the spirit of good over evil.
Chaams were held in most of the monasteries 2 days in advance. People wear masks and are well costumed and perform Chaam dances.
During the celebration, a number of competitions of traditional skills are held, like Archery, bouts of merrymaking, etc.
It is the best time to visit Sikkim and experience the extravagant carnival and fair. Moreover, you can participate in the religious festival and can take a sip of the local wine Chaang and get submerged in the festive mood.