Gangtok, December 27: The Kagyed Chaam is one of the important festivals of the Buddhist community in Sikkim. It enacts various themes from the Buddhist mythology and culminates with the burning of effigies made out of flour, wood and paper. The festival is celebrated at old Rumtek Monastery and other monasteries in Sikkim.
The Kagyed Chaam is performed on the 28th and the 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan Calendar, which falls around December. The dance basically symbolizes the destruction of the evil forces. This dance is especially performed by the monks in masks, costumes and ceremonial swords, two days prior to Losoong festival. During the festival devotees also pray for peace and prosperity for everyone.
The festival not only excites the tourists but also attracts the locals who throng the monasteries where it is performed to seek blessings.
The history of Kagyed Chaam dates back to the time of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism in Sikkim, who is said to have performed this dance to vanquish a demon from this holy land.
The most popular venues of Kagyed Chaam are the old Rumtek Monastery, Phodong Monastery and the Tsuklakhang Palace Monastery