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Monlam Festival

Monlam festival means great prayer festivals in Tibet. It was held between 4th day to 25th day of the first month every year. It was initiated by Tsongapa the founder of Gelukpa the Yellow hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is a religious festivals. Monks from different monastery would gather in Jhokang Temple for the ceremony. The main event of the ceremony are reciting Sutras, teaching on Buddha Dharma and debating on Buddhist philosophy by monks attaining Geshi , which is equivalent to the PHD degree. Devoted people making offerings and praying are also very common visible during the festival.