Hemis Festival (The Masked Dance of Ladakh)

Performed by the Lamas to celebrate the victory of good over evil

Celebrated on the 10th lunar day of the Tibetan (Ladakh) calendar and dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), the Hemis Festival honours his efforts in improving the spirituality of all living creatures and for being the founding father of organised (tantric) Buddhism. Considered to be one of the most impressive festivals in India, witnessing the festival's sacred rituals in person is believed to give spiritual strength and good health to the observer.