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Tibet Festival 2024

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Upcoming Tibet Festivals 2024:

We would like to bring your attention to the upcoming Tibet Festival 2024, an extraordinary and unique experience that you won’t want to miss. This celebrated event dates back centuries and offers a stunning combination of tradition and festivity, setting it apart from any other festival in the world. 

We aspire to provide you with the best possible experience when planning your Tibet trip. A journey to Tibet is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we take pride in planning every aspect with great care and diligence. Our custom itineraries cater to your individual needs, ensuring that you have an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the incredible natural beauty that Tibet has to offer. You may be seeking spiritual insight, adventure in the Himalayan mountains, or simply a chance to witness the magic of Tibet’s festivals. Still, we are confident in providing you with unforgettable memories that you’ll cherish forever.

Contact Us today to begin planning your 2024 Tibet Festival journey. You can look forward to an expedition that you will remember for years to come!

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Dates & Venue for Tibet Festivals 2024

Losar (Tibetan New Year) Whole Tibetan Area Feb 10th
Great Prayer (Monlam Chen Mo) Lhasa Feb 13th – 20th,
Saga Dawa Whole Tibetan Area May 23rd
Tsurphu Cham Dance Tsurphu Monastery May 18th
Gyantse Damag (Horse Racing) Gyantse County July 5th
Tashi Lunpo Thangka Display Shigatse June 20th
Zamling Chisang/ Samye Dodei Whole Tibetan Area June 22nd
Ganden Thangkha Display Ganden Monastery July 21st
Shoton Festival Lhasa City Aug 4th – Aug 10th 
Bathing Festival Whole Tibetan Area Sept 19th
Buddha Decent Festival (Lha-Bab-Du Chen) Whole Tibetan Area Nov 22nd

Details on Tibet Festivals 2024:

Tibetan New Year (Losar)

(1st -15th Day of 1st Month of Tibetan Lunar Calendar)

The 1st Tibet Festival 2024 of the year is the Tibetan New Year. The Tibetan term for “New Year” is Losar. The Tibetan New Year is a particularly unique festival that is celebrated in Tibet. It is also the event that all Tibetans, regardless of gender or age, look forward to the most.

Tibetans purge their homes of all ills, evil spirits, and other hindrances on the final night of the year, and then they pray for a successful new year. Nyi-Shu-Gu is another name for this eve night.

Losar is generally enjoyed for about 15 days in the majority of Tibetan communities. The first three days are the principal celebrations, during which Tibetans visit temples and monasteries to pray for a good new year. The next 12 days are spent with friends and family.

On the first day of Losar, known as Lama Losar, people dress in traditional clothing and enjoy Changkol with their families, beginning very early in the morning (a hot beverage made primarily of Channg and dried cheese with some sugar). After an early breakfast, they visit the temples and monasteries to have a healthy New Year.

Gyalpo’s Losar, also known as the King’s Losar, is the second day. Historically the day on which Tibetan Kings and other leaders are honored.

The third day is often referred to as Choe-Kyong Losar, the day when worshippers demonstrate gratitude to protectors or deities by raising prayer flags on holy hills, changing the prayer flags at their residences, and facilitating a pleasant scent by burning junipers and incense.

The Losar is the most important Tibet Festival for the Tibetan people; therefore, if you can schedule your Tibet tour at that time of year, you will be able to experience Tibetan culture and customs as well as get a glimpse into Tibetan daily life.

Great Prayer (Monlam Chenmo)

(4th Day of 1st Month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar)

The Tsong Khapa founded the Lhasa Monlam Chenmo event, also known as the Great Prayer Festival, which is celebrated annually throughout Tibet. The major goals of this Great Prayer Festival are to pray for world peace and the long lives of all the great gurus. It is a very special Tibet Festival 2024 for religious activity in Tibet. 

Saga Dawa

(Full Month of 4th Month of Tibetan Calendar)

This Tibet Festival 2024 is more related with buddhism and, the Saga Dawa month is regarded as the most important spiritual month. Buddhists universally hold the belief that if we carry out good activities during this month, the outcome will be multiplied, and if we carry out wicked deeds during this month, the result will likewise be multiplied.

The main justification for this is because the Saga Dawa historically identifies the day that Buddha Shakyamuni was born, attained enlightenment via redemption, and attained Nirvana.

People are highly active in performing all good activities and making pilgrimages to gain merit. The majority of Tibetans abstain from meat consumption on that day, and they begin to do so starting on the first of the month and continuing until the full moon or until the 15th day of the month.

The main reason behind this is, that historically the Saga Dawa makes the date of Buddha Shakyamuni’s conception of Being Birthed, Enlightened from salvation, and entering into Nirvana. Therefore, this religious Tibet Festival is celebrated in most of the Buddhist regions in the world. 

People are very active in doing all positive deeds and also going on pilgrimages to accumulate merits. Most Tibetan People during that day avoid eating meat, and they start to skip eating meat from the first day of the month to the full moon or the 15th day of the month.

Shoton Festival (Yogurt Festival)

(15th – 24th of 5th Month of Tibetan Calendar )

Sho-Ton; in Tibetan, “Sho” means yogurt, and “Ton” denotes a banquet. It is the Yogurt Banquet Festival in Tibet. It is a wonderful festival because vegetarian meals are preferred on the first day of the celebration, which is considered Tibet’s Vegetarian Day.

This Tibet Festival was first instituted in Tibet during the 17th century by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama. Tibetan nomads and common people offered yogurt to the Dalai Lama and the monks at that time. After having yogurt, many monks started going on 30-day retreats to avoid killing summertime insects and to offer them prayers for a happier afterlife.

Later, numerous other events were added to this yogurt festival, including a Tibetan opera dance. The festival is now being celebrated from the 15th to the 24th of the fifth Tibetan calendar month. It often occurs in the middle or at the start of August each year.

The Big Thangka will be displayed at Drepung and Sera Monasteries to begin the celebration very early in the morning. Following that, the Tibetan opera dance will be performed in the Norbu Lingkha Palace.

You should get to Sera Monastery or Drepung Monastery very early in the morning if you wish to witness this event. In the afternoon, you may visit the Norbu Lingka Palace to enjoy the Tibetan Opera Dance.

Bathing Festival (Karma Doepa)

(7th – 13th Day of 7th Month of Tibetan Calendar )

In the glow of the moon, Tibetans take ritual baths in local springs and rivers. The seven-day celebration starts on the seventh day of the seventh month. People who had a bath during that time are believed to be physically strong and immune to diseases, and they particularly hold the belief that they won’t experience cold during Tibet’s winter.

Butter Lamp Festival

(25th Day of 10th Month of Tibetan Lunar Calendar )

The Butter Lamp Festival is essentially a memorial service for the Great Scholar Tsongkapa. He was both the founder of the Gelukpa School and a significant reformer of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Barkhor Square served as a spectacular display space for enormous “Tormas” made of butter that was crafted into a variety of lamps and Tibetan auspicious symbols. All of the Tibetans will be doing prostrations and reciting mantras all around the Jokhang Temple.

Harvesting Festival (Won-Khor)

The Wongkor Festival is the Tibetan name for the harvest celebration. In every farming region of Tibet, this celebration is particularly well-liked.

Pudi Kong-Gyal, the 9th King of Tibet, and his minister Rulei-Kye gave the expansion of agricultural output a high priority, and they saw remarkable results by the end of the year.

Since then, Tibetans have marched around fields while praying for a healthy harvest, and through time, this practice has evolved into a traditional Tibetan celebration. It has a history that spans more than 1,500 years.

The primary reason Tibetans celebrate the festival is to wish and pray that they will be able to endure all-natural calamities and have a fulfilling, excellent crop for the year.

The timing of this celebration varies depending on the temperature and elevation of each location in Tibet.

People dress in new attire and carry Buddhist texts on their backs as they celebrate this wonderful festival.

In addition to strolling the fields, people may participate in various unique activities including horse and yak racing, Tibetan opera dance performances, and circle dancing.

During the day, everyone in the agricultural area wakes very early, gathers some product from the field, and then offers it to the three jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. They also pray for a prosperous crop the following year and offer offerings to the Naga, also known as water spirits, and the local deities. Additionally, it is a time to express gratitude to local Naga spirits or water spirits after a successful agricultural season.

After the festivities are complete, they enjoy delicious cuisine, refreshing beverages, singing, and dancing with their family and the locals. They also ask their loved ones and friends to join them in celebrating this wonderful occasion.


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