The Hemis Festival is among the popular festivals in Ladakh region of state Jammu and Kashmir. The Ladakh region is completely a monatery region where Buddhism is the prime religion and Hemis festival is held every year to commemorate hemis monastery. According to the Tibetan calendar it is celebrated on the tenth of lunar month. It is the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, who is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.
Time to Celebrate:
Hemis Festival is held on the Tenth day of (Tse-Chu) of the Tibetan lunar month.
Hemis lies 45-km southeast of Leh, the headquarters of Ladakh. On the main Hemis festival day all the buddhist monks who are also known as Lamas, gather together and around the central flagpole in the courtyard of the monastery where they perform mask dances and other sacred plays. The whole performance is supported by local musical instruments like drums, cymbals and long horns. Guru Padmasambhava is the sacred and honourable Guru of Buddhist monastery who is known for his victory of good over the evil and his teachings is performed by several masks dances an plays during the festival. It is believed that he fought against demons for the safety of the local people.There are several other attractions are also attached with the Hemis festival in which a colorful fair is organised in the region where all the local and traditional handicrafts, antiques and local artery are displayed. The festival is conducted for consecutive two days.