One of the most famous and biggest festivals of Sikkim, Saga Dawa is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour every year. The festival is the most significant and sacred for the followers of Mahayana Buddhism who on this auspicious occasion commemorate Lord Buddha’s birth, his attainment of enlightenment and salvation from this corporeal world. For all travellers and cultural aficionados seeking a sneak-peek into vibrant Buddhist culture, undoubtedly, Saga Dawa provides for a perfect platform offering a visual treat of ious religious ceremonies and street processions.
The magnificent carnival of Saga Dawa is held every year on the full moon of the 4th month of Buddhist lunar calendar, which according to English calendar falls during end of May and early June timeframe. Several religious rituals, including reading of holy scriptures called “Kajur Texts” and lighting of butter lamps take place during the entire month. Devotees fruits in future.gather in great numbers on the streets of Gangtok on the day of final procession to receive blessings and pay their gratitude to the lord. Giving alms and donations is also quite common as these acts of benevolence done during this holy month are said to bear ri