Kagyed Dance festival is performed every 28th and 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan calendar. This dance is performed by the monks in the Tsuklakhang (palace monastery) compound two days prior to Losoong (the Sikkimese New Year). The ritual dance culminates with the burning of effigies made of flour, wood and paper-symbolizing the destruction of the forces of evil. The solemn nature of the dance is interspersed with comic relief provided by the jesters. Prior to the dance prayers are offered by the monks inside the chapel and for the thousands who flock to see the dance their attendance is confirmation of their inherent belief, that to see the dance is to participate in the exorcizing of evil and ushering in of peace and prosperity for the coming year.