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Major Festivals In Tibet

Major festivals in Tibet


Tibetan Time and Major Content

Tibetan New Year

The most important festival begins on the first day of the first Tibetan month. (It fell on February 28 of 2006).

Grand Summons Festival

Held in the first half of the first Tibetan month. Monks gather in Lhasa for prayer and debate on Buddhist doctrines.

Lantern Festival


Held on the 15th day of the first Tibetan month. Butter lamps were formerly created to worship Buddha. Later on, these lamps are added with shelves, human figures, flowers, animals and birds for appreciation purpose.

Bathing Festival

Taking place in the first half of the 7th Tibetan month, when the Tibetans take a dip in rivers. The festival lasts for one week.

Shoton (Sour Milk Drinking) Festival

The festival nowadays includes Tibetan opera performance. It is therefore also referred to as the Tibetan Opera Festival. It lasts from the end of the 6th Tibetan month to the early days of the 7th Tibetan month.

Horseracing Festival

Held generally between the 7th and 8th Tibetan months. Traditional horseracing is coupled with folk dancing, traditional garments show, and art performances. Activities are also held to invite investors and promote exchange of materials and tourism.

Ongkor (Bumper Harvest) Festival

This is held to celebrate the bumper harvest at a time when crops are about to ripe. Festival activities include horse racing, archery and Tibetan opera performances.

Sagya Dawa Festival

Held on the 15th day of the 4th Tibetan month, it celebrates the day Sakyamuni was born and entered into Buddha-hood. On that day, residents of Lhasa go out into the streets for gatherings and parties. 

Tsangmoling Gyisang Festival

In Tibetan the festival means “World Burning of Aromatic Plants”. This festival is held on the 15th day of the 5th Tibetan month each year. By then, the Tibetans in Lhasa visit lingka woods to sing and picnic.

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