Shoton Festival

Shoton Festival, which literally means “Yoghurt Banquet Festival”, is one of the most important Tibetan festivals. This Tibetan festival dates back to the 11th century when it was initially introduced as a religious occasion. Back then, local residents would offer yogurt to monks who would disembark from their summer meditation retreats. The festival falls in the late part of the sixth month or early part of the seventh month of the Tibetan almanac – usually towards the end of August.

Shoton Festival involves both religious and cultural celebrations and attracts hundreds of thousands of local Tibetans, it is also a major highlight for tourist from the world over to observe and experience the unique culture, religion, and traditions of Tibet.

During the festival, the main part of the celebration – watching the Tibetan opera performance – takes place in Norbulingka Palace in Lhasa. The performances are much sought after and are always a regular part of the official festivals at Norbulingka.

On the first day of the festival, the unveiling of Thangka at Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery is a major highlight visited by many local Tibetans and tourists. Then, the celebrations begin at Norbulingka. The residents of Lhasa gather in the park and celebrate the occasion by eating yogurt and watching the Tibetan opera. Professional and amateur Tibetan opera troupes perform operas, which basically narrate folk tales, the lives of important people and historical events from Tibetan civilization.

Tibetan New Year

The Tibetan New Year – namely Losar in the Tibetan language – is based on Tibetan astrology, a synthesis of Indian and Chinese astrology so the New Year begins on a new moon.

Saga Dawa Festival

Saga Dawa festival occurs in the 4th month of Tibetan lunar calendar, Saga Dawa is called the “month of merits”. It is the most important month.

Bathing Festival

The Bathing Festival usually falls on the first ten days of July according to the Tibetan calendar. Lasting a week, it is also known as the Bathing Week. The bathing practice has at least eight-hundred-year history.

Great Prayer Festival

The great prayer festival is known as “Monlam Chenmo” in Tibetan. This typical Buddhist festival falls in the 4th – 11th day of the 1st lunar month. 

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival or “Wongkor festival” in Tibetan is very popular in all the farming areas of Tibet. During the time of Pudi Kongyal, the ninth king of Tibet, and his minister Rulekye, agriculture developed significantly as they paid great importance to it. 

Butter Lamp Festival

The butter lamp festival or “Chunga Choepa” in Tibetan is one of the major highlighting events in Tibetan Buddhism primarily to commemorate the great master Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Pal Lhamo Festival

Pal Lhamo or Dharmapala Palden Lhamo is one of the more wrathful female deities of Buddhism. Among her many roles, she is the special protector of the city of Lhasa

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