Shoton Festival is one of the most important and popular traditional festivals in Tibet.
In Tibetan, Sho Dun means 'yogurt banquet', and Shoton Festival is a festival of eating yogurt. As great Buddhist paintings are displayed and Tibetan opera is performed, it is also called 'Tibetan Opera Festival' and 'Buddha Display Festival'. Tibetan opera was inscribed into the Intangible Cultural Heritage list by the UNESCO in 2009.
Shoton Festival attracts more and more travelers because of its unique charm. It is a great opportunity for tourists to discover Tibetan culture.
Themed "happy Lhasa, colorful Shoton", this year's Shoton Festival features various traditional activities, including the “Great Buddha Display”, Tibetan opera and picnics, dancing and singing, and a horsemanship display.
Shoton Festival will begin with 'Buddha Displaying' on the first day of festival (August 6th). The Buddha displaying will start at Drepung Monastery at 8:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. A giant thangka of 600 square meters will be unfurled. It is the liveliest day of the festival. Thousands of local Tibetans will gather at Drepung Monastery to worship the image of Buddha, which will make a spectacular view.
Tibet is a popular destination due to its attractive landscapes, numerous Tibetan temples, and splendid Tibetan culture, attracting more and more tourists from all over the world every year. The many famous relics and historic sites in Lhasa include Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and Gandan Monastery.
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