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Author: Chogyal Dorjee Bhutia

Gangtok Streets Get Makeover for Sikkim Winter Carnival 2014

As Sikkim gets ready for the annual Sikkim Winter Carnival the streets of Gangtok get a makeover. Mural paintings depicting the religious significance of Buddhism, artsy floral designs et al are being painted on the city walls. These paintings depict the culture and lifestyle of Sikkim and the streets look refreshing and lively.  The Sikkim Winter Carnival 2014 starts on Dec 14 and will continue till Dec 19. Beautiful paintings of noble orchids. Noble Orchid (Cymbidium goeringii) is the state flower of Sikkim. Sikkim is known for its ubiquitous spread of orchids, rhododendrons, and many exotic flowers. Buddhism is the second largest religion...

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Yak Chaam & Singhi Chaam of Sikkim

Yak Chaam & Singhi Chaam are popular traditional dances of Sikkim. Both of these dances are Tibetan forms of dance. The term ‘chaam’ implies some religious form of dance’. Yak Chaam is a tribute to Yak, an animal at whom man relies for survival at high altitudes. Singhi Chaam is an important dance form, which is linked with five peaks of Mount Kanchunjunga forming an image of snow lion. A snow lion is regarded as an important cultural symbol of...

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