Tendong Lho Rum Faat will be celebrated in 2021 on 8 August, which is a Sunday. It is Sikkim's oldest and most significant festivals. It is especially important for the Lepcha tribe in the state.
Tendong Lho Rum Faat In 2021
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This is a festival that begins with prayers to Mount Tendong (''the hill of the raised horn'' in the Lepcha dialect). This mountain is situated in the town of Namchi in South Sikkim. It is so called because according to Lepcha mythology, it is believed to have risen from the horns of the great deity during the great flood in order to save the people of the tribe. The great deluge lasted for 40 days and nights drowned the region of Mayel Lyang (modern day Sikkim) but the Lepcha tribe was saved because they were able to stay on the elevated land of the mountain. This is the reason why it is venerated on the very first day of the festival that lasts for three days.
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Tendong Lho Rum Faat Celebrations
During the festival, a model of the mountain is made in the façade of each home and is worshipped. It is made of nine specific stones. People wear masks and sing and dance around this to evoke blessings of the Divine.
Celebrations are held in the third lunar month which usually falls in the month of July or August in the Gregorian calendar.
While the festival is celebrated across every home, grand celebrations are held at Namchi, which is the administrative capital of South Sikkim, and where the hill is located.
At the top of the hill stands a Buddhist monastery which holds great significance for the Lepcha tribe.
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