Quite like other Indian festivals, this festival too celebrates the victory of good over evil. Looking at the historic facts related to this festival, in order to safeguard the people of the land, Guru Padmasambhava fought the evils and also founded Tibetan Buddhism. Hence as a mark of respect, the people of the land gather to celebrate his birth anniversary.
Hemis festival also is a tourist attraction for all those who want to witness Indian grandeur at its best and want to get a taste of the Indian festive spirit & culture.
It is also a time when trade in Ladakh flourishes and the cottage industries boom. Local populous pull up stalls and organize exhibitions to sell handicrafts and souvenirs’. Also since Hemis festival attracts a large tourist population, this is the best time for traders to showcase their products and increase business.
The highlight of the Hemis festival is the grand dance performance by the lamas who are bedecked with flashy attire and colorful masks. The spirit with which they perform the dances and other performances amidst heady spiritual music is a sight not to be missed.