Losoong-Namsoong celebrated with gaiety in the state despite COVID-19 worries

Losoong-Namsoong celebrated with gaiety in the state despite COVID-19 worries

Gangtok, December 15: Losoong is considered to be one of the most important festivals for the Sikkimese, especially the Bhutia-Lepcha community. Based on the lunar calendar, the festival falls every 18th day of the 10th month and is celebrated by farmers to rejoice the year’s harvest. It is celebrated across the state and also in some parts of Darjeeling and Nepal. Earlier, it was only confined within the Bhutia speaking community whereas now it is celebrated by all.

The main attraction of the festival is Chaam, a mask dance by monks. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic this year the dance was canceled by the Ecclesiastical Department of Sikkim. Nevertheless, people were seen in the streets celebrating by organising car and bike rallies, sport events such as football and volleyball tournaments organised in various parts of the state.

In the capital,a bike rally was organized by youths around Gangtok where they rode from Tadong area at 7 am in the morning till the Tatangchen Ground.

Tashi Topgay, one of the participants said, “Losoong is of great significance, but due to modernity somehow the tradition is being left behind and it's our due duty to preserve what we have so I participated in the rally to celebrate”.

He also informed that all COVID-19 protocols were followed during the celebration. 

Kewzing, South Sikkim also celebrated the festival with grandeur. Tashi Thendup Bhutia, the Area MLA said, “We celebrate Losoong and Namsoong every year at our constituency but this year we can say that our celebration is of state level as the chief minister Prem Singh Tamang is also expected to take part”.

Likewise, in Dikling East Sikkim, the first day of the festival was celebrated with the foundation stone laying ceremony of a Gompa in the presence of Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang.