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 Festivals in Tibet:-


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Tibetan New Year

14 Feb

05 Mar

22 Feb

Monlam Prayer Festival

17 Feb

08 Mar

25 Feb

Butter Lamp

28 Feb

19 Mar

08 Mar

Saga Dawa

27 May

15 Jun

04 Jun

Gyantse Horse Race

20 Jul

20 Jul

20 Jul

Thangka unveling Tashilunpo

26 Jun

15 Jul

03 Jul

Zamling Chisang/Samye Dolde

26 Jun

15 Jul

03 Jul

Choekor Duechen/Tukbe Tseshi

15 Jul

03 Aug

23 Jul

Ganden Thangka Uneling

25 Jul

13 Aug

02 Aug

Shoton Festival

10 Aug

29 Aug

17 Aug

Labrang Festival

17 Aug

07 Aug

25 Aug

Karma Dunba (shower festival)

26 Aug

14 Sep

02 Sep

Nakchu Horse Race

10 Aug

10 Aug

10 Aug

Yushu Horse Race

25 Jul

25 Jul

25 Jul

Litang Horse Race

01 Aug

01 Aug

01 Aug

Lhabab Duechen

29 Oct

17 Nov

06 Nov

Palden Lhamo Festival

21 Nov

10 Dec

28 Nov

Ganden Nga-Choe

01 Dec

20 Dec

8 Dec

1- Tibetan New Year

The greatest festival in Tibet. In ancient times, when the peach trees were in blossom, it was considered the start of a new year. Since the systematization of the Tibetan calendar in 1027 AD, the first day of the first month became fixed as the new year. OnNew Year's day, families unite, an "auspicious dinner" is offered, and the auspicious words "Tashi Delek" are greeted.

2- Great Prayer Festival

The greatest religious festival in Tibet. Instituted by Tsongkapa in 1409, the founder of the Gelukpa Sect. Monks from the Three Great Monasteries of Tibet assemble in Jorkhang to pray to Shakyamuni's image as if it were the living Buddha. Philosophical debates are held among candidates for the Doctorate of Metaphysics. Pilgrims come from every corner of Tibet and donations are offered to monks.

3- Butter Lamp Festival

The last day of the Great Prayer Festival. In order to celebrate Shakyamuni's victory over non-Buddhist opponents, the Lord of Neu Dzong, a noted patron of Tsongkapa, illuminated numerous butter-lamps in 1409. The festival flourished since.

4- Gyantse Horse Race and Archery

Horse racing and archery are very popular in Tibet, Contests in early times included horse races, archery, and shooting on galloping horse-back followed by a few days' entertainment or picnicking. Presently, ball games, track and field events, folk songs and dances, also form part of the celebrations.

6- Six-Four Festival

Believed to be the day Buddha gave his first sermon. People celebrate the festival by paying visits to holy mountains.

7- Shoton Festival

The Opera Festival and the greatest of festivals in Tibet. In ancient times, pious people went into mountain hermitages to do penance. On the last day, yogurt is served as a meal followed by folk songs and dances. Since the 7th century, opera performances have been held in Norbulingka. Presently, opera contests and the distribution of prizes last for seven days.

8- Bathing Week

It is believed when the sacred planet Venus appears in the sky, the water in the river becomes purest and can cure diseases. During its appearance for the first week all townspeople in Lhasa go to the river for bathing.

9- Death of Tsongkapa

Tsongkapa, the great reformer of Tibetan Buddhism and founder of the Gelugpa Sect, died on this day in 1419. In memory of that day, every household burns countless butter-lamps on roof-tops and chant prayers in his honor. Late in the evening Tibetan dumplings are served for supper.

10- Driving Off Evil Spirits

At the eve of Tibetan New Year, 29th of the twelfth month, religious dances are performed in monasteries for driving off the evil spirits of the past year. At night, in every household, traditional means of driving off evil spirits are carried out by burning bundles of straw and throwing rubbish on to the streets. The Year-End Dumpling is served for supper.

11- Saga Dawa

It is the holiest day in Tibet. Three memorable occasions coincide on this day: Buddha's birth, Buddha's death and Buddha's enlightenment. Almost every person within Lhasa joins incircumambulations around the city and spend the late afternoon on picnicking at "Dzongyab Lukhang" near the Potala Palace..

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