Tiji” the name is an abbreviation of the word “Tempa Chirim” which means “Prayer for World Peace”. This festival commemorates the victory of Lord Buddha’s incarnation Dorjee Sonnu over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature feeding on human beings and causing storms and droughts.
The Tiji festival usually takes place around mid May and lasts for 3 days. The monks of Lo Manthang’s “Choedhe” monastery perform ritual dances during the celebration. The harassment of Ma Tam Ru Ta (in a dance called “Tsa Chham” on the first day), the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demon’s son (on the second day called “Nga Chham”) and the attempt to return the demon to Lord Buddha’s realm (on the third and final day) are enacted during the performances.
Teji festival will be celebrated 19 May, 20 May and 21 May 2020 in Upper Mustang. The original name of this ritual dance is Tenpa Chirim which means benefit of Buddha’s teaching and all sentient beings. In Mustang (Lobo) dialect it is pronounced as TIji (or Tenchi). The Nepal Tour operates the Tiji Festival Trek and Tiji Festival Adventure Jeep Tour.