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Tibetan Festivals

Tibetan Festival, Tibet travel guideTibetan New Year (February or March)
It is the greatest festival in Tibet. In ancient times when the peach tree was in blossom, it was considered as the starting of a new year. Since the systematization of the Tibetan calendar in 1027 A.D., the first day of the first month became fixed as the new year. On the New Year's day, families unite " auspicious dipper" is offered and the auspicious words " tashi delek" are greeted.


Saga Dawa Festival (May or June)
It is the holiest in Tibet, there memorable occasions coincide on this day, Buddha's birth and Buddha's enlightenment. Almost every person within Lhasa join in circumambulations round the city and spend their late afternoon on picnic at " Dzongyab Lukhang" park at the foot of Potala.


Tibetan Festivals, Tibet tour guideGyantse Horse Race & Archery (May or June)
Horse race and archert are generally popular in Tibet, andGyantse enjoys prestige of being the earliest in history by starting in 1408. Contests in early times included horse race, archery, and shooting on gallop followed by a few days' entertainment or picnicing. Presently,ball games, track and field events, folk songs and dances, barter trade are in addition to the above.


Changtang Chachen Horse Race Festival (10 August)
As the most important festival in North Tibet during the golden season on the grassland,thousand of herdsmen throng to Nakchu riding fine horses,and carryin the local products.They form as city Of tens south of Nakchu town. There will be thrilling horse race, archery and demonstrations of horsemanship. Songs and dance troupes from all part of Tibet will add to the fun.

 Shoton Festival, Festivals in TibetShoton Festival (August)
It is the opera festival and the greatest festivals in tibet.In ancient times pious folks went into mountain hermitages for penance, and on the last day of which Yoghort was served for meal followed by entertainment of folk songs and daces. Since 7th century, opera performances were held for days in Norbu Lingka. Presently, opera contests and distribution of prizes are held for seven days.


Bathing Week (Sptember)
It is believed when the sacred planet Venus appears in the sky, the water in the river becomes purest and cure deseases.During its appearance for one week in the sky, all the people in Tibet go into the river for bathing.


Kungbu Traditional Festival (November of December)
Long long ago, when Tibet was in danger of large scale invasion, the Kongpo people sent out an army to defend their homeland.It was in September and the soldiers worried that they might miss the New Year, highland barley wine and other good things.So people had the Tibetan New Year on 1st October ahead of time.To memorize those brave soldiers Kongpo people present three sacrifices an stay up at night from then on. And now it has becoe the Kongpo Festibal for entertainment like Kongpo dancing, horse race, archery and shooting.


Harvest Festival (September)
The farmers in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shangnan to celebrating their bumer harvest in this time. During that time, people enjoy with horse racing games, costum fashion show, songs and dance Archery and picnic etc.

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