Numerous festivals are celebrated in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, India every year. Right from festivals with religious undertones to those entirely devoted to merry making, the festivals in Arunachal Pradesh display great variety and joie-de-vivre.
Among the religious festivals of Arunachal Pradesh, the Torgya festival deserves special mention.
It is held according to the Buddhist calendar days of 28th to 30th of Dawachukchipa, which corresponds to 10 to 12 January of the Gregorian calendar, and is a Monpa celebration. The objective of the festival is to ward off any kind of external aggression and to protect people from natural disasters.
The Togya Festival is celebrated at Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh. Mainly a monastic festival, Torgya Festival is celebrated for three full days. Rich presence of color is one of the main features of the Torgya Festival of Arunachal Pradesh.
The three days long Torgya Festival began with recitation of religious texts and Monastic dances in the premises of Tawang Gonpa.
This festival is celebrated to chase out the evil spirits and usher prosperity and happiness for people and crops.
During the festival a ritual monastic dance called chham is performed by traditionally attired monks in cham-lang, the courtyard of the Tawang Monastery.
A propitiation (Torgya) rite of Yamactaka Chak Khar Zur Gurpa is conducted and with this connotation the festival is called “Torgya”. One of the major highlights of the event is the offering of Torma to bonfire which symbolizes the destruction of evil.