Happy Losar! Ladakh’s Losar Festival mark Ladakhi New Year
Attribution: Prof Ranga Sai, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The ten day long, Losar festival celebrations in Ladakh began on 24 December 2022. The first day marks the Ladakhi New Year.  

It is the major festival of Ladakh celebrated in winter marked by the lighting of prayer lamps, illumination of stupas, monasteries and houses and other buildings and ritual performances and traditional events of songs and dances. The festivities continue for nine more days from the new year.  

Ladakh is the largest union territory of India. It is very sparsely populated and is the second least populous UT. The main populated regions are the river valleys and the mountain slopes that support the pastoral nomads. 

Ladakh was part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir of India. It became a Union Territory on 31st of October 2019 following the passage of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act. 

Leh is the largest town followed by Kargil.  

Remote mountain beauty and distinct Buddhist culture are hallmarks of Ladakh.  

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