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Festivals and Celebrations

Tibetan New Year

On January 1st of Tibetan calendar, in February or March of Gregourian calendar. Starting in the early December, people prepare for this most important festival of the year. In that morning, people get up early, and dress in their best. Men and women pray for a healthy and fortunate life for each other. During next several days, people either fully enjoy the happy time ,singing and dancing, or visit relatives and friends, drinking freely and celebrating the festival together, or go to the monasteries nearby to worship the gods. Everybody is immersed in joyful festival atmosphere.

Lhasa Shoton Festival

On July 1st of Tibetan calendar, in August of Gregorian calendar. In tradition, on that day, after experiencing the ascetic practices, monks and nuns will be welcomed by their family members who take along with the cheese, singing and dancing. Shoton means
the yogurt feast. There are joint performances of Tibetan drama and Buddha painting displaying rite during the holidays.

Butter lamp day

Butter lamp day is on January 15th of Tibetan calendar. Monks from different monasteries and folk artists make all kinds of flowers and trees with colored butter, and hang them on the prepared scaffoldings near the Jokhang Monastery. When night falls, thousands of butter lamps are lightened. People come over to view lamps, singing and dancing under the light. The displays last all night until dawn.

Major Festivals in Tibet





Tibetan New Year

the 1st day of the 1st month of the Tibetan calendar (Feb. or Mar.)

Festival of Worshipping the Mountains

the 4th day of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar

Lhasa Shoton Festival

the 1st day of the 7th month of the Tibetan calendar(Aug.)

Butter Lamp Festival

the 25th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan calendar


Xigatze Mt .Qomolangmal
Cultural Festival

The end of Sep. or the beginning of Oct.


Yarlung Cultural Festival



Azalea Tourist Festival



Changtang Charqen Horse Race


Festival of the ritual walk around Namco

The 4th day of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar


Festival of the ritual walk
Around Kangdese Shan

May 24th-Aug.31st


Kamba Art Festival



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