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About Bumchu Festival


Recently, the Bumchu Festival was celebrated in the Tashiding Monastery, located in the state of Sikkim.


GS I: Festivals, Facts for Prelims

About Bumchu Festival:

  • The Bumchu Festival is an important annual ritual held at the Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim, India.
  • It commemorates a supernatural event that occurred in the 18th century under Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal.
  • Bumchu means “pot of sacred water” in Tibetan, and during the festival, the vase containing the holy water is opened and shared among worshippers.
  • The water is believed to possess healing qualities and to bring good luck and wealth to those who drink it.
  • The festival takes place on the 14th and 15th of the first lunar month, which typically falls in February or March.
  • The Bumchu Festival is a popular event, drawing pilgrims from all over India and neighboring countries such as Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Source: The Hindu

December 2023