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Tibetan festival in 2018


                                               

Introduction the Tibetan fesitival in 2018

For people who would like understand one nation’s custom and lifestyle ,That you must find a opportunity visit them festival time then based from festival events you can understand this nation folk culture ,therefore the Tibetan festival is a most important part from Tibet folk culture .these folk culture are closely linked Tibetan”s custom and lifestyle. through the festival events can show them unique culture and custom characteristic  .In Tibet there are a variety festival events throughout whole year. These festival include the religious festival and folk activity ,here we will introduction some major Tibet festival for you to reference it if you interest to understand

①New Year Festival (Losar) is the most important festival for Tibetan people. It starts from 1st to 3rd of the first Tibetan month. Usually people make preparation for the festival one month early: soaking seeds of the highland barley in water for offering the seedling to the family shrine deities on the first day of the new year; finishing all needle work and cleaning all rooms, painting the doors with religious symbols, etc. On the New Year's Eve, people will eat barley crumb food (called Guthuk) to banish evil sprits. The barley crumbs will be stuffed with different stuffing to fool someone in the family: lazy if eating a piece of porcelain, sharp as a razor if eating a chill, kind if eating some meat… The rest barley crumbs not finished will be put into a gallipot inside which there is a ghost made of dough. While doing so, people will say something like “the rest is for you”. Then torches are lit and people run in the house yelling “Come Out!” to get rid of evil spirits. And then the housewife will throw the gallipot at a crossroad which is said to prohibit the evil spirits from getting back. Other members of the family just follow her and set off firecrackers. On the first day, people won't conduct many outdoor activities, but just stay at home to enjoy the reunification of the family. On the following two days, they will go out to monasteries and visit neighborhoods to exchange their Tashi Dele blessings. On the third day, older prayer flags are replaced with new ones.

②Saga Dawa Festival is on the 15th of the fourth Tibetan month. It is believed that Sakyamuni's birth, enlightenment and nirvana are all on this date. Many religious activities are carried out and almost everyone within Lhasa will join in the three circumambulations (kora): the inner circumambulation is about 500m long around the main hall of the Jokhang Temple, the middle one is about 1000m in the Barkhor Street around the Jokhang Temple and the third is about 5000m in Linlang Road around the old Lhasa city. On this day, streets are just crowded with stream of people.

③Holy Mountain Festival (Choekhor Duechcen) falls on 4th of the sixth Tibetan month. It is to commemorate Sakyamuni's first sermon. People will conduct circumambulations around mountains. And there is also picnicking, singing, dancing, etc.

④Shoton Festival (Yoghurt Festival) Shoton Festival starts on the 30th of the sixth Tibetan month and will last for seven days. The origin of the festival can be traced to 17th century when it was only a religious activity. The founder of the yellow sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsong Khapa stipulated that in summer time all monks should stay in the monasteries to avoid any accidental killing of lives as it is the most active season for animals. At the time the monks got out of monasteries, pilgrims came to serve them with yoghurt. Later, the fifth Dalai Lama's added Tibetan opera performances at Norbulinka and allowed common people to enjoy it. Then it gradually becomes a public festival during which, giant Thangkas of the Buddha will be unveiled at Drepung Monastery and Tibetan opera troupes perform operas at Norbulingka.

⑤Bathing Festival starts from 6th to 12th of the seventh Tibetan month. It is believed when the sacred planet Venus appears in the sky, the water in the river becomes purest and can cure all diseases and get rid of misfortune. During the festival, Tibetan people will bring food and set up tents along rivers to take bathe in star light.

⑥Gyantse and Nagqu Horse Race Festival Horse has long been a very important tool for people's daily life and during ancient wartime. Tibetan people have deep affection to horses. There are two most prestigious horse race festivals in Tibet . Gyantse Horse Race Festival is the earliest one starting since 1408. It usually falls in June. Horse race, archery contest and other games are performed. And Nagqu Horse Race Festival is the most important festival in northern Tibet . It falls in the early August in the golden season on the grassland. Thousands of herdsmen ride their finest horses to Nagqu town. There will be thrilling horse race, archery and horsemanship contest. Songs and dance troupes from all part of Tibet will attend the event as well.   

  Below is the schedule for Tibetan Festivals in 2018. If your travel schedule allows, it is worth arranging a trip to Tibet  according to follow date to viist these places .

Festival

Regions

Dates

Remark

Tibetan new year( Losar)

Lhasa/Kham /Amdo

Feb-16th-2018

Very important festival for all region of Tibet people, lively two for celebrating the new years

Monlam Prayer festival

Lhasa/Kham/Amdo

Feb-19 to-30th

Very important religious festival ,all Tibetan pilgrims go to Monastery for prayer and worship god luck for them begin of years

Butter lamp festival

Lhasa/Kham/Amdo

March-2nd

Monks compete in building tall butter sculpture offerings. Commemorates Buddha’s miracle at Sravasti. Fires and lamps are lit.

Saga Dawa festival

Lhasa/Kham/Amdo

May-29th

To commemorate The Buddh Shakyamuni birth, enlightenment parinirvana

Kalachakara day and Thangka unveiling 

Shigatse

 

June-28th

Prayer and unveiling the gaint thangka at Shigatse Tashilunpo monastery

Zamling chisang

Lhasa/Kham/Amdo

June-28th

Universal incense offering day,the people take prayer flag and incense to top of hill bum it and hung prayer flag for them home and whole world peace and good luck.

Choekor dechen

Lhasa

July-16th

Commemorates and honoring the day that the Buddha Shakyamuni first taught the four noble truths in Sarnath, India, and first turned the wheel of the dharma.

Gyantse horse race

Gyantse

July 20th

This a Gyantse local folk famous festival in Tibet ,the activity include Horse Race,local features and Dancing .

Shoton festival

 

Lhasa

Aug-11st-16th

Thangka unveiling at Drepung Monastery. Picnics and operas are held in parks, particularly under the trees at Norbulingka park. .

Nagchu Horse race

Nagchu

Aug-1st-4th

Horse and Yak racing ,Singing and Dancing

Lhaba Dechen

Whole Tibet regions

Oct-31

Festival observing the descent of Buddha from heaven.

Palden Lhamo festival

Lhasa

Nov-23rd

A float of Tibet’s protector deity Palden Lhamo is paraded through the city

Ganden Ngachoe

Lhasa

Dec-2nd

Memorial for Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa school. Buddhists light lamps, make offerings, and pray.

Jyekundo Horse race

Yusho of Qinghai

July-25th-30th

The biggest horse racing and yak racing festival in Tibet, Tibetan people all over the Kham region come for camp at Batang horse racing grassland, singing, dancing, enjoy the unique cultural festival.

Litang horse Race

Litang of Kham region

Aug-1st-5th

Horse racing, circle dance, fashion shows.

Kumbum monastery

Kumbum of Amdo

April-28th

Prayers, thangka unveiling, monks’ mask dance. This is also Amitabha Bdudha,meditation, recitation of sutras and taking Eight Mahayana Precepts, Kalachakra day

Labrang monastery

Labrang of Amdo

Feb-28th-March-2nd

Commemorates Buddha’s miracle at Sravasti, thangka unveiling.

Repkon Losar Monlam prayes festival

Replon of Amdo

Feb-19-March-2nd

Commemorates Buddha’s miracle at Sravasti, village tea party, monks Cham mask dance,  Thangka unveiling and many other activities in Rebkong, Amdo Tibet

Rekoong shaman festival

Repkon of Amdo

July-28-Aug-4th

Ritual demon exorcism, village Shamen dancing performance and Tibetan traditional dress show .

Butter sculpture arts exhibition

Kumbum monastery

March-2nd

Monks compete in building tall butter sculpture offerings. Commemorates Buddha’s miracle at Sravasti. Fires and lamps are lit. This festival is held in Kumbum, Rebkong, Labrang and Ngawa in Amdo Tibet

    

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