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The Most Important Festivals and Celebrations of Tibet
Tibet New Year/Losar
The Tibetan New year, also known as Losar Festival, is the most important festival on the Tibetan calendar. Based on the Tibetan Calendar, annual New Year celebration begins on December 29 and lasts 2 weeks.Tibetan New Year offers the travelers a great opportunity to enjoy the annual festive occasion with local Tibetans.
Saga Dawa Festival is the most significant religious festival in Tibet. It is celebrated on April 15th in Tibetan calendar and continues for the whole month. Monks chanting in monasteries, cham dancing and other religious activities dominate the occasion. The most attractive event for tourists is to watch devoted pilgrims circling around religious sites like Jokhang Temple, Mount Kailash, etc.
Shoton Festival, also named as Tibetan Opera Festival or Buddha Exhibition Festival, is the most important and attractive for the Tibetans with full of ethnic songs and dances along with famous Tibetan opera performing at Norbulingka Palace. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans gather at Drepung Monetary, Sera monastery to see the famous Buddha Thangka. It falls on July 1st of Tibetan calendar, lasting for a few days.
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