Travel Guide

Tibetan New Year celebration

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Losar is the Tibetan New Year, a three-day festival that mixes sacred and secular practices--prayers, ceremonies, hanging prayer flags, sacred and folk dancing, and partying. It is the most widely celebrated of all Tibetan festivals and represents a time for all things to be purified and renewed.
 
Tibetans follow a lunar calendar, so the date of Losar changes from year to year. It is held on February 27 in 2017, February 17 in 2018, and February 5 in 2019. It sometimes falls on the same date as Chinese New Year, but not always.
 
This year, our Festival-Tibetan New Year" activity was held in Chengguan District, Lhasa City. People of all ethnic groups from the community got together to greet with each other and wish each other auspiciousness and good health.
 
During the month before Losar, Tibetan households draw the eight auspicious symbols and other signs on walls with white powder. In monasteries, the several protector deities--such as dharmapalas and wrathful deities--are honored with devotional rituals. 
 
On the last day of the celebration, monasteries are elaborately decorated. In homes, cakes, candies, breads, fruits and beer are offered on family altars. Here is the typical schedule for the three-day celebration.
 
And for the celebration, people usually would dressed in new clothes and drink a toast with each other to greet the Tibetan New Year.
 
The Tibetan people are quite passionate, they are good at singing and dancing, And People would also dance at Barkor street, Chengguan district (the old town of the city) to greet the Tibetan New Year.