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Sera Monastery Festival

  • Celebrated: Feb.
  • Location: Lhasa
Tibet Sera Monastery

With about 500-year history, it is the largest and most popular festival held annually in Sera Monastery, one of the oldest temples in Tibet for Buddhists to show their respects to the vajvakilaka of Horse Bright King (a Buddha). The Sera Monastery Festival is held for celebrating the Tibetan New Year. Introduced by the monk Qiangba Zhaxi in Sera Temple, the Dorje Phurba is also known as Diamond Dagger or Buddha's warrior attendant. It means sharp and firm. It is said that making sacrifice to Monastery will bring people health and good luck. The Monastery in Sera Temple is open to public only on the 27th day of the twelfth Tibetan Lunar month. In order to seize this opportunity, people will come to make sacrifice from morning to midnight.
What’s on Offer
The festival often begins in a very early time and visitors can participate in it after serious of sacrifice rituals. A highly respected Living Buddha surrounded by monks will hold vajvakilaka, an instrument of Buddhism, and touch believers’ heads lightly with it to bless them. You can know about customs and habits of Buddhist rituals and maybe have a good luck as well. You can enjoy peace of heart during the festival.
Travel Information
Venue: Sera Monastery, Lhasa
Bus route: No. 5