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Tibetan New Year

Losar means Tibetan New Year, Lo means year and Sar means New. It falls on the first day of the first month of Tibetan lunar calender. Losar celebration is one of the most important festivals. Celebrating of Losar has become a very important family gathering opportunity in modern Tibet. It is celebrate with high optimistic of prosperous year a head and saying fare well to the gone by year. Legend has it that in ancient time it is celebrated for a month long, but in modern times it is celebrated only for fifteen days with main three days.
Losar celebration begins with drinking guthuk on two days prior to the actual new year. Guthuk is a special noodle made with all the ingredients available in household. After some one finish having it the person has to leave some left over for the evil spirit which is to be wrath away after the supper. Then after the dinner a male member of a family will take away the remaining with other offerings made to evil spirit out side the house.

On the first day of losar, people will go to the temple to pray and make offerings. It is believed that a person should not spend money on that day which makes many of them choose to stay home and enjoy the day preventing them from spending money.
From second to fifteen day of tibetan new year, families will spend their holidays according their plans and many of them will visit the house of their relatives and friends. It is a very good opportunity for them to meet their entire relatives at one place in this modern Tibet. Many villages and communities have their own costume in gathering, group dancing is most common in every community.

On the third day entire family member will gather on the roof top of the family house to make incense offering to the god, oracles and Nagas for good fortune in the new year. On that day they will also change the prayer flags on their roof top.