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Tibet Festivals 2018

Tibet Festivals are closely related to the Tibetan Buddhism and historic incidence. It is very good opportunity for the visitors to explore the Tibetan way of life, costume, religion and culture. Here are the list of traditional Tibetan festivals. We have uniquely  designed tour itineraries during for every festivals and we  can always make customized your tour as the festivals as main even.

Tibet has many holidays and festivals that relate to Buddhism. Many festivals have evolved and have gained great popularity among Tibetans, such as Tibet New Year, Great Prayer Festival, Butter Lantern Festival, Shoton Festival.  Since the Tibetans have their own moon calendar, the holidays do not take place on the same day each year. Visiting one of these festivals is one of our Tibet travel tips.

 

 

 Month Date Festivals Notes
Feb 2016 9th New Year Festival Losar A week long drama and carnivals, horses races  and archery
Feb 2016 22nd Molam prayer festival The Great Prayer Festival, a tradition begun by Tsongkapa. Many pilgrims gather at Jokhang in Lhasa
Feb 2016  21st Milarepa Nirvana The day for memorate the Nirvana of Milarepa (the man who enlightened in one life.)
Feb 2016 17th -Samye Tsechu Festival to drive out evil spirits  and expel the scapegoat. Lamas  encircle Lhasa with trumpets
May 2016 16th Tsurphu Spritual mask dance It is one of the most  important event for the Tsurphu monastery. On that day, they stand up the prayer pole at the main ground and they wear most precious mask for the spiritual dance.
May 2016 21st Saka dawa Celebrates the birth and Enlightenment of Sakyamuni and his entry to Nirvana. An outdoor opera is held and captured animals released. Worshippers flock to the Jokhang in Lhasa to pray.
July 2016 17th Hanging of the Thangka A giant thangka is hung at Tashilungpo in Shigatse
July 2016 19th Zamling Chisang On this day ghosts are said to prowl. Tibetans dress up and party to drive away the spirits.
Sept 2016 1st shodun (Yoghurt festival) Literally, the “Yoghurt Festival.” Worship of the Buddha. Picnics and operas are held in parks particularly under the trees at Norbulingka. There are often bonfires at night.
Aug 2016 6th Buddha’s sermon A feast is held to commemorate Buddha’s first sermon. Pilgrims climb holy mountains such as chokpori
June 2016 1st Drigung Til monastery Cham dance Celebrated at the Cho-ne monastery representing the souls of the departed.
Sept 2016 beginning Washing Festival Lasts about a week. People go to the river to wash themselves and their clothes. Said to cure any sickness.
Sept 2016 end Ongkar Festival Literally ‘Looking around the fields’. Ensures a good harvest. Horse-racing, archery contests and opera
Sept 2016 8th Golden star festival The Golden Star festival is held to wash away passion, greed and jealousy and to abandon ego. Ritual bathing in rivers takes place and picnics are held
Sept 2016 Gyangtse horse racing festival The horse racing is held in Gyantse and Damshong-horse racing and light hearted sports competitions and games takes places
Dec 2016 13th Paelha Duchen The festival is held with prayers, dancing ,singing and drinkingP
Nov 2016 2oth Lha Bab Duchen Buddha’s descent Buddha’s descent from heaven after preaching to his mother is commemorated. All monasteries are opened and pilgrims gather
10th Month 25th Tsongkhapa memorial Memorial festival of Tsongkhapa’s death – fires are lit on the roofs of the monasteries and lamps are lit
12th Month 1st-7th New Year Festival New Year Festival in Shigatse
12th Month 5th-6th Meeting of the Eight Guardians The Meeting of the Eight Guardians and demons where Tibetans stay indoors to avoid evil outside
12th Month 29th Banishing Evil Spirits A “Devil Dance” is held to drive out all evil from the Old Year to prepare for New Year.