Phang Labsol Festival (August)
In the month of
At this festival the snowy range of Kanchendzonga is worshipped for its unifying powers. This festival also marks the signing of the treaty of brotherhood between the
Lepchas and Bhutias. The local deities were invoked to witness the historic occasion. The guardian deity is portrayed by a masked Lama dancer as a fiery red-faced deity wearing a crown of five skulls and riding a snow-lion, a truly colorful spectacle indeed.
In fact Phang means witness. On this day, the guardian deity is portrayed by masked Lama dances as a fiery red-faced deity with a crown of five skulls, riding a snow lion. To lighten the mood of the spectators, jesters called 'Atchars' play antics during the
Chaams. The third Chogyal of Sikkim, Chakdor
Namgyal is credited for choreographing the Pang-Toed dance performed by monks on this day.
This festival is held on the 15th day of the 7th month around the end of August.