Royals of Ladakh started this festival. Great enthusiasm and zeal is witnessed during Dosmoche festival, which is held in February month of every year. It is celebrated in Leh, Likir and Diskit monasteries. The verandah or the courtyard of chapels below Leh Palace reverberate with the sounds of drums and the thumping dance steps of Lamas with masks from different monasteries. They perform the sacred dance wearing the traditional colourful dresses and the masks. Dosmoche festival is a two-day long annual festival where Lamas of Takthok monastery come and prepare the complex thread crosses in order to capture the evil spirits. Lamas from Takthok monastery are the only ones that belong to Nyingmapa tradition.