Tiji Festival treak in Mustang in (2020)
Planning to trek in Upper Mustang? During Tiji Festival will be added advantage for you to explore mustang during colorful festival. You can experience trekking comes festival vibes during that time. Tiji festival is a fascinating annual three-day festival consisting of Tibetan rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction. The festival is indigenous to Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang. Over the Mustang Tenchi Festival time monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. The Tiji festival dances are all organized by the Choedhe Monastery, which belongs to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. The monastery is headed by a Rimpoche. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Nhenyul and Chhosyer reside in this monastery.
Tiji Festival and The Rituals
The festival is celebrating as the victory of God over Demon and Good over Evil. In this three days, local monks perform dance.
First day dance: 1st day dance is called ‘Tsa Chaam’, which is about the story of the birth of ‘Dorji Sonam’- a reincarnated Buddha to a demon. This demon harassed the kingdom of Mustang and brought in havoc to the country. You can witness the monks enacting the harassment of the said demon on the people of Mustang.
Second Day dance: 2nd day dance is called ‘NgaCham’. During this performance, Dorjee Sonam tries to return the demon to the Buddha realm.
Third Day Dance: 3rd day dance is called ‘Rha Chham’. This is final dance and which is also called as ceremony dance. During this time, Dorjee Sonam triumphs over the evil demon and banishes him from Mustang.
The monk who plays the role of Dorjee Sonam does this by throwing an effigy. This effigy made from Tsampa (barley) represents the demon ‘Ma Tam Ru Ta’.
This defeat brings peace and prosperity to the land of Mustang. Every year Tiji festival takes place in the hope of spreading peace throughout the world.
How is Tiji Festival Permit?
Generally, the permit cost for upper mustang trekking US $ 500 per person for 10 days. But during the Tiji festival we have to add 2 extra days that costs $50 per day. To take permit we need to have at least 2 persons in group. If you are single we can arrange one person for you form another group.
When is Tiji Festival in 2020?
For the Tiji Festival 2020 will be celebrate 19th May to 21st May 2020. Apart from strolling along the stunning and exceptional surroundings of Upper Mustang with the magnificent views of the snow-topped peaks, you can partake on this vibrant and lively festival which will be a lifetime experience.