FESTIVALS AND HOLIDAYS IN TIBET IN 2015
Every year in Tibet are dozens of secular and religious holidays festivals, which attracts residents of all regions of the Tibetan plateau. This Lhasa Monlam festival-rim Chen-mo, and the well-known Tibetan New year Losar. horse racing, various prayer services, the posting of a thangka, ignition oil lamps and many other festivals, including, of course, not to mention the colorful festival of Tibetan shamans.
We will help you to plan your trip to Tibet so that you can see in one or even several of these holidays. And, even more, we already have organized groups on such holidays, as the Saga Dawa at the sacred mount Kailash and the festival of shamans in Rebkong. Will be glad to see us.
February 19, Lhasa . Tibetan New Year (Losar). Two weeks residents of Lhasa and other areas to celebrate the New Year, there are festivities and prayer service in the monasteries.
February 22 – March 5, Lhasa . The Great Prayer Festival (Monlam-Rim Chen-Mo). This is the most significant festival in Tibetan Buddhism. Literally “Monlam” in Tibetan means “the path of prayer”. Thus, participating in monume, not just praying for his own wellbeing, but by supplication the help all living beings.
February 22 – March 5 . Ngaba, Amdo. Losar and Monlam. These days in Gave passes hanging on public display thangka. The action is accompanied by a display of traditional Tibetan clothes, songs and dances.
February 22 – March 5 . rebkong, Amdo: Losar and Monlam in Rebkong. These days in the famous village of darkovice passes hanging out for everyone to see large thangka. It soprovojdayutsya the mystery Cham, oil exhibition of sculptures and prayers.
March 3-5, Labrang, Amdo . Losar and Monlam at Labrang. These days is hanging on seemeiootikee thangka. Festival soprovojdayutsya the mystery Cham, oil exhibition of sculptures and prayers.
March 5, Lhasa and Amdo . Festival Of Oil Lamps. Colorful butter sculpture exhibit on display in the monasteries. On this day also lit the oil lamps and trays tormas. The action is timed to celebrate the 15 wonders of the Buddha Schamoni performed by them in the Indian city of Shravasti.
March 5, Kumbum, Amdo : oil Exposition of sculptures of kumbum monastery. On this day in the monastery of Kumbum show colorful butter sculpture and kindle thousands of oil lamps.
May 5, Kumbum, Amdo . The feast at the monastery of Kumbum. On this day, on public display hang monastery thangka. The action is accompanied by a mystery Cham.
June 1, Glance . Horse racing in Gyantse. It is the largest celebration in the city Gyantse. As the name of the holiday, this day pass horse racing and horse racing yaks, which are accompanied by songs, dances and games.
June 2, Lhasa, Kham and Amdo . The day of the birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha (Saga Dawa). Saga Dawa, the fourth lunar month, is an important period for all Buddhists. And the full moon this month is a special day when the people of Tibet are going on holiday at the foot of Kailas.
On 2 July, Lhasa and Shigatse . The Kalachakra festival and the Opening of Thangkas. On this day in the Tashilhunpo monastery in Shigatse and other major monasteries In Tsang, publicly display giant thangka. Monks and laymen in this day pray Amitābha Buddha, recite the Sutra and take 8 vows of Mahayana.
On 2 July, Lhasa, samye monastery . Jamling Chiang samye Dolde, day of appeasement local bogatsu. Generally the feast of Jamling Chiang in each area is dedicated to sovema hranitel, and goes on certain days. This holiday is dedicated to the protector of samye monastery: locals gather under the walls of the monastery, stand picnics, singing and dancing, climb to the top of the mountains, kindle incense, hang prayer flags lungta .
July 25-30, Yushu, Amdo . Horse racing in Yushu. Horse racing is considered the most Grand and famous throughout Tibet. Tibetans from different regions come here to camp on the plain of Batang, dance and sing. Many taking part in the competition, while others just present as spectators.
July 31, Lhasa . Chokhor Of Ducan. This is the day of the first turning of the wheel of Dharma when the Buddha Shakyamuni gave the teaching on the four noble truths in Sarnath.
July 31, Ganden monastery . The opening of thangkas in the Ganden monastery. On this day the Ganden monastery, hang out for everyone to see giant thangka.
August 1-5, Litang, Kham . Horse racing in Litang. Famous equestrian festival with the Litang, these days on the outskirts of the city are horse races, dances and demonstrations of traditional Tibetan clothes. Unfortunately, for political reasons, this festival was forbidden by the local authorities in the past few years.
1-9 August, Rebkong, Amdo . Festival of shamans in Rebkong. These days Bon shamans hold their ancient rituals. Very colorful, unusual festival.
10-16 August, nagchu . Horse racing in nagchu. It is the largest festival in nagqu: locals compete at riding horses and yaks. Desisto accompanied by songs, dances and games.
14-20 August, Lhasa . Soton (feast of yogurt, a celebration of sour milk). These days in the Drepung monastery for everyone to see exhibited giant thangka, and the Norbulingka Park theatrical performances; the locals have picnics, accompanied by singing and dancing.
November 3, Lhasa . Lhabab Of Ducan. This day is celebrated indulgence of Shakyamuni Buddha from the Tushita heaven back to earth. Everywhere recite prayers and light butter lamps.
November 25, Lhasa . Prayer Palden Lhamo. This day people pray to the female deity, the protector of Tibet, Palden Lhamo.
December 5, Lhasa and Amdo . Ngaju-Rim Chen-Mo. It is a day of mindfulness Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug school. This day is supposed to light the oil lamps, to make offerings and to pray.