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DUNGKHAR TSHECHU, PEMAGATSHEL

The three–day festival showcases sacred dances such as the Black Hat Dance, the three Ging, and the drummers of Drametse. A small thongdrol ((large tapestry), representing the future Buddha Maitreya (Jampa), is unfurled for the public to receive blessings and it is the highlight of the festival. A distinction of Dungkhar Tshechu is that people are given the blessings of the lake. During this festival, the local deity of Khar village, Nalu Thoepa, is propitiated and offerings are made to him. It is believed that the local deity would not protect the community if he is not given his due reverence and that natural calamities like heavy rainfall and storms would bring havoc to the community.