On Lossoong, the Sikkimese New Year Day, Black Hat (kali
topi) Dance demonstrating the triumph of good over evil is demonstrated.
This masked dance is also performed by male dancers mostly the Lamas.
The dance revives the old story which narrates that about twelve centuries
ago King Land-Darma was slain for suppressing Buddhism in Tibet. The king
was slain by a Lama wearing a fantastic black robe lined with white and
riding a white horse blackened with soot.