There are many different Tibetan festivals. Tibetan New Year, the Shoton Festival, and the Thangka Festival, when a giant Buddha painting is unfurled, are the highlights. Other festivals are associated with Buddhist monasteries and local traditions and customs.
|The year 2024
|Tibetan New Year
|All Tibetan areas
|Tibetan New Year is characterized especially by dancing, music, and a general spirit of merrymaking...
|The Monlam Prayer Festival
|Monks perform traditional Tibetan Buddhist dances during Monlam Prayer Festival, and cakes are made with butter sculptures...
|Feb.13 - 20
|The Butter Lamp Festival
|People sing and dance throughout the night, and thousands of lights are kept burning until dawn...
|Saga Dawa is the peak time to worship Buddha for Tibetans, and a peak time for pilgrimages...
|The Thangka Unveiling at Tashilunpo
|The big Thangka with a Buddha image on it is unfolded, and the people all gather in front of the Thangka to pray...
|The Festival is is to celebrate Guru Rinpoche's subjugation of the local deities and the founding of the Samye Monastery...
|Gyantse Horse Race Festival
|An annual athletic contest on the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar...
|Buddha's Sermon Festival
|All Tibetan areas
|The Festival is to commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha's first teaching and the first turning of the Wheel of Dharma...
|The Ganden Thangka Showing
|A big Thangka with a Buddha image on it is unveiled at Ganden Monastery...
|Nagqu Horse Racing Festival
|Horse Racing Festival is the grandest annual event in western China's Nagqu Prefecture...
|A big thangka with an image of Buddha on it is unveiled at Drepung Monastery. People enjoy yogurt together on this day...
|Tibetan Bathing Festival
(Garma Ri Gi)
|Tibetans of all ages go to the rivers to take a holy bath for washing away evil omens or illnesses...
|Buddha's Descent Day
|A Tibetan Buddhist festival that commemorates Buddha returning to earth after going to the 33 Heaven at the age of 41...
|Palden Lhamo Festival
|This festival is to honor a wrathful deity called Palden Lhamo...
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