Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal organized the Losar Festival in the presence of Director, IGRMS, Prof. Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri, Mr. Dilip Singh, Joint Director and Professors of Tourism and Cultural Heritage from Latvia in Europe at the Himalaya Village open air exhibition area. The Lohar festival started with the chanting by 09 traditional female artists under the leadership of Shri Sonam Supari in front of Man Chakra. Subsequently Worshiping change the flag in Gompa of Ma-Ne Chakra Complex and traditional dance performances were performed by traditional female artists. After that Prasad of Khumani was distributed.
On this occasion, Shri Sonam Supari said that about Losar Festival, This Festival signifies the beginning of a new year. The tradition of celebrating Losar was started by the King, Jamyang Namgyal in 17th century. Since then, Ladakh starts preparing for the New Year. People store their requirements for the feast like grains, sheep, goats so that they can enjoy with friends and relatives in the evening. They illuminate their houses with lights, which looks attractive. The ornamented shrines look beautiful in the evening. People fix images of ibex on the walls of their kitchen and on the doors which is considered as auspicious. Idols of ibex, which is a symbol of fertility, made of dough are kept on the shelves of kitchen area for the inflow of good luck. People offer prayers to God and greet their elders in the family as well as their relatives on this day. The younger members go out to meet and greet their relatives in the locality whereas, the elder members stay back home to welcome their younger relatives. They carry a khatak scarf as a gift.