Chosker - Monpa Festival
In this religious festival of Monpas, the Lamas (Buddhist
priests) read religious scriptures in the Gompa (Buddhist temple) for
a number of days. Thereafter the villagers carry
the religious books on
their back in a procession under the guidance of senior Lama.
The procession goes round the cultivated fields which fall within the
jurisdiction of the village. The significance of this performance is to
ensure better cultivation and protect the grains from the insects and
wild animals and also for the prosperity of the villagers. Normally this
festival is performed during the months of April-May, after the Jhum fields
are prepared. The ritual involves the suspension of all outside activities
for a definite period.