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Tibetan Festival Calendar 2015

FestivalVenueEvents  Year 2015
Tibetan New YearAll Tibetan areasTibetan New Year is characterized especially by dancing, music, and a general spirit of merrymaking.Feb. 19
The Monlam Prayer FestivalJokhang MonasteryMonks perform traditional Tibetan Buddhist dances during Monlam Prayer Festival, and cakes are made with butter sculptures.Feb. 22
The Butter Lamp FestivalLhasaPeople sing and dance throughout the night, and thousands of lights are kept burning until dawn.Mar. 5
The Thangka Unveiling at TashilunpoTashilunpo MonasteryThe big Thangka with a Buddha image on it is unfolded, and the people all gather in front of the Thangka to pray.Jul. 1
Zamling ChisangLhasaTibetans gather together to burn incense to worship Buddha.Jul. 2
Saga DawaLhasaSaga Dawa is the peak time to worship Buddha for Tibetans, and a peak time for pilgrimages.Jun. 2
The Gyantse Horse Race FestivalGyantseThis festival is held in Gyantse, a county southwest of Lhasa with horse racing, Tibetan opera, ball games, etc.Jul. 20
Choekor Duechen / Tukbe TseshiLhasaTibetans wear festival clothes to celebrate this festival and walk around a mountain and lake clockwise.Jul. 20
Samye DoldeSamye MonasteryMonks wear festival clothes and masks, and dance to drive away bad things and devils.Jul. 31
The Ganden Thangka ShowingGanden Monastery

A big Thangka with a Buddha image on it is unveiled at Ganden Monastery. Aug. 1
The Nagqu Horse Race FestivalNagquAn important event in northern Tibet, everyone dresses in their finest and most colorful clothing.Aug. 10
The Labrang FestivalLabrang MonasteryMonks have a debate on Buddhist scriptures and ritual dancing will be performed.Aug. 7
Shoton FestivalLhasaA big thangka with an image of Buddha on it is unveiled at Drepung Monastery. People enjoy yoghourt together on this day.Aug. 14
Karma Dunba (The Bathing Festival)LhasaTibetans take a bath together in the river to drive away illness.Sep. 14
Lhabab DuechenLhasaBuddha is said to return to earth on this day. Tibetans burn incenses in monasteries and pray.Nov. 17
Palden Lhamo FestivalJokhang Monastery and Barkhor StreetThe statue of the wrathful deity Palden Lhamo is carried at the head of a parade on Barkhor Street.Dec. 10
Ganden Nga-ChoeLhasaPeople celebrate this festival by lighting butter lamps.Dec. 20