Tagong Masked Dance Festival
This festival offers you an opportunity to see performances of cham, a ritual dance performed three days by lamas. The lamas, who wear masks, represent manifestations of various protective deities. Although every movement and gesture of cham has significance, it is no doubt
the spectacle of the colorful masked dancers that awes the average pilgrim. Cham is about the suppression of malevolent spirits and is a throwback to the pre-Buddhist Bon faith. The act of exorcism is focused on a human effigy made of dough or perhaps wax or paper in which the evil spirits are thought to reside.
Tagong Monastery customarily holds sacred dances on the 12th to 14th of the sixth Lunar Month, with the dancers wearing masks of demons, Buddhist guardians, celestial and animal totems.
First Day: Pray and dance with traditional clothes
Lamas pray and chant in Tagong Monastery for the whole morning as part of the festival, we can go inside to see all these.
13:00 - 16:00, Lamas dance in the courtyard in front of the Monastery, there are different Cham dances, some dances with just a couple of lamas, others with more lamas and some dances with all lamas dance together.
Lamas dance in the Monastery courtyard and many locals sitting around and watch, we will do the same as the locals. And the senior lamas watch at a higher position from the Monastery.