Bum means pot, and chu means water. The lamas open a pot of holy water to foretell the year’s fortunes.
Sikkim’s biggest chaam dances take place just before Tibetan New Year.
Butter candles are floated as offerings to gods across the Khecheopalri lake.
Chaam dances form part of the annual group-meditation ceremony, with dances every second year honouring Padmasambhava.
Religious ceremonies and parades through Sikkim's monastery towns commemorate Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.
Festival of lights and lots of fireworks.
Dance performance at the Rumtek Monastery.
Sikkimese New Year, preceded by chaam dances in many locations including Lingdum, Phodong, Phensang and Ralang, the best ones being held at Old Rumtek.
Prayers and religious dances are performed in honour of Sikkim’s guardian deity Khangchendzonga.
The Sikkim Paragliding Festival, held in Gangtok in winter, is one of the latest events to seize the imagination of travellers and sports buffs alike.