Every year around December, when the cold has settled in and the new year is close, the monastery in Garnying, a few kilometers from Ritoma, holds its ritual Cham dance. A cham dance is a ritual performed by monks, who don colorful brocade robes with long sleeves and perform slow moves to the sound of the ritual music of Tibetan instruments; cymbals, drums and trumpets of various forms. There are many themes to the dances; the Black Hat, the obstacle-destroying Deer, the Skeleton, Lord of the Cemetery. Most dancers wear masks, impersonating wrathful deities and their entourage.
We at Norlha feel fortunate to have such rich cultural manifestations present on our doorstep, an inspiring reminder that the local heritage is alive and well.