The Hemis festival is held on the 10th and 11th day of the 5th month of Tibetan calendar to commemorate the birth of Guru Padmasambhava . Especially the monkey year festival, which comes in a cycle of 12 years. During it the four-storey Thanka of Guru Padma Sambhava is hung in the courtyard and other precious Thankas are also exhibited. The Hemis festival is the heart of all the festivals. They are performed by Monks wearing colorful silk garments and different facial mask.