The festival of Losar (means “New Year” in Tibetan language) has begun in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. Losar is a 10 day long Buddhist festival began with illumination of religious and residential places.
This festival marks the beginning of New Year in Ladakh and it is an important social and religious celebration in Ladakh. During this, people of Ladakh specially remember ancestors of their family. On this day, people visit graveyards of their family members and pray for peace of the departed soul. Apart from this, people also visit each other houses for exchange of Losar greetings.
In India, Losar is also celebrated by Yolmo, Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung, and Bhutia communities residing in different regions in the country.