As mentioned in our earlier blog, the Hemis Festival 2016 is one of the most important celebrations in the whole Himalaya regions in 2016. Check out our blog: Hemis Festival 2016: What is it about? But in this blog we want to inform you about the official programme.

 

Attention: The programme has been changed. All events except the Hemis Monastery-Festival itself (this will stay in july) have been shifted to september – from 13th september to 1st october 2016!

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Schwarzhut Hemis Festival

1.-5. July 2016: Celebrating the diversity of Himalayas
A Pan-Himalayan Celebration of different tribal and village traditions, with traditional sports activities, dance competition and many others

6.-13. July 2016: The 7th annual Drukpa Council
Envisioned by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, His Holiness the 70th Je Khenpo and many other great Drukpa masters, the Annual Drukpa Council (ADC) is for it to become an annual event where all the masters of the lineage from Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Kinnaur, Lahaul, Sikkim and other parts of the Himalayas and its followers could come together to revive some unique aspects of the Drukpa Lineage and share the 1000 over years old rich spiritual legacy with the world through the inspiration of teachings, initiations and oral transmissions. This 7th edition of ADC will embrace different aspects of the Himalayan region, including an exhibition of the diversity of Himalayan cultures and traditions.

14. July 2016: Hemis Festival
The festival is held every summer, in honour of Guru Padmasambhava‘s birth anniversary. Hemis has the largest silk embroidered brocade in Ladakh, which is unfurled, once in 12 years, in the year of the Monkey.

15.-18. July 2016: Preparatory gituals and teachings
His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa will lead yogis, yoginis, monks, nuns and lay practitioners in a series of preparatory rituals to purify obstacles and negativity, to get everyone ready for the program on 19 July 2015.

19. July 2016: Naropa millenial anniversary
On the millennial birth anniversary of Naropa, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa would don the Six Ornaments of Naropa to grant blessing, and this only happens once every 12 years.

20.-22. July 2016: Public display and viewing of bone ornaments

23.-31. July 2016: Ritual parade of bone ornaments and pilgrimage
A ritual parade of the Six Bone Ornaments and a walking pilgrimage from Hemis to a renowned prediction lake in Ladakh, along the way there will be holy sites of pilgrimage for reverence.

 

!!Programme subject to change!!

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Naropa is in the center of attention of Hemis 2016

 

 

Are you going to join?

If you want to attend this special occasion in 2016, you can contact us. One of our fix tours visits Hemis Festival on the most important day (on the other days you will see other highlights of Ladakh): Basics of Ladakh with Hemisfestival

If you prefer to visit Hemis Festival with your friends/family and/or if you want to spend more time at Hemis Festival, we will be happily building your own individual tour: Contact

Hemis Festival for buddhists
If you are a buddhist and would like to join Hemis Festival with your buddhist group, we would like to help you with booking of accommodations, flights and the arrangement of transports.  We could also reserve special seats for you at Hemis festival, so you are able to witness as much as possible.

 




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Hemis Festival is held every year, but every 12 years it is very special. 2016 will be one of those years. In the 5th lunar month of the monkey year several hundred thousand people from tibetan-buddhist areas and the whole world will gather to celebrate the life of Naropa.

 

Hemis Festival: Every 12 years 1 month celebration

Hemis Festival 2016 will be one of the most important festivals of the decade in india. 1 month long several rare events will be held. Tibetan buddhists believe if you watch these events you will liberated through sight.

At the same time the famous silk thangka of Padmasambhava will be displayed that reaches from the roof of the monastery nearly down to the earth. This thangka is only displayed in public during Hemis Festival.

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Naropa

 

Who is Naropa?

The real high light of Hemis Festival 2016 is the display of the famed, holy 6 bones ornament from Naropa. It will be shown by Gyalwang Drukpa, the head of Drukpa School. The six bone ornament is said to be one of the holiest treasures of the himalayas.

Naropa lived during the 11th century and is one of the most remarkable buddhist holy men that lived at that time in india. He is one of the 84 Mahasiddhas. A Siddha (Sanskrit for: great ruler of perfect skills) is a person who gained Siddhi – a level of spiritual practice that enables a person for supernatural powers and abilites. In tibetan buddhism a Siddha is someone who reached a higher level of realization til awakening.

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The Drukpa are commonly called “red-hat-sect” in the west

 

Drukpa: What is it?

Hemis Festival 2016 will be the biggest gathering of Drukpa teachers. Drukpa is a lineage or school of tibetan buddhism, most commonly called “red-hat-sect”. They belong to the Kagyu- (Kargyud-)lineage of tibetan buddhism and to the schools of “new translations”. And to make things a bit more complicate: the Drukpa lineage has again several sub-school. The Drukpa lineage is prominent in Kham (eastern Tibet), Ladakh and Bhutan. Especially in Bhutan it has a great significance, as it is the dominant school and state religion.

 

Are you going to join?

If you want to attend this special occasion in 2016, you can contact us. One of our fix tours visits Hemis Festival on the most important day (on the other days you will see other highlights of Ladakh): Basics of Ladakh with Hemisfestival

If you prefer to visit Hemis Festival with your friends/family and/or if you want to spend more time at Hemis Festival, we will be happily building your own individual tour: Contact

Hemis Festival for buddhists
If you are a buddhist and would like to join Hemis Festival with your buddhist group, we would like to help you with booking of accommodations, flights and the arrangement of transports.  We could also reserve special seats for you at Hemis festival, so you are able to witness as much as possible.

 

Pictures from the festival 2015

 

Short video from last year’s festival