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LEH: The two-day Leh Dosmoche, the famous annual monastic festival of Ladakh, being celebrated for peace and prosperity in the coming year, began on Tuesday in the courtyard of the monastery below the gates of historic Leh Palace.
The festival, also known as Mela-Dosmochey, is celebrated on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar every year. Likir Dosmochey takes place on the same days. The two-day Dosmoche festival is a gazetted holiday for Leh district and Zanskar Sub Division. Thousands of spectators and devotees including several foreign and domestic tourists attended the festival to get glimpses of mask dances, an essential part of Tantric tradition of Mahayana Buddhism.
The two-day Mela-Dosmoche is also famous for its market with thousands of stalls at a stretch of almost one-kilometer from Moti-Market to the other end of Leh Bazaar. Thousands of people thronged Leh bazaar for shopping on discounted prices and also for games like Tambola and lotteries.
Celebration of Leh and Likir Dosmoche also mark bidding of goodbye to the winter season and beginning of a new and warm season. Dosmochey festivals of Leh and Liker will conclude on Wednesday after performing rituals symbolizing of driving away of evil spirits by burning of ‘Skorma’.
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