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Festival in winter Tibet

Tibetan Calendar

Tibetan Name

Chinese Name

English Name

Activitities

Jan. 1st

Lhosai

Zanglinian

 

New year

Since 1027 the New Year¡¯s Day is an occasion for family reunite, relative and friend visit and a lot of celebration.

Jan. 3rd

Smom-lam

Qiyuan Dafahui

Great Prayer Festival

The festival is celebrated in honor of Lord Buddha Sakyamuni. ?

Jan. 4th

Monlam Chenmo

Chuanzhao
Dafahui

Big Dharma Assembly

Since 1409, Geluk monks have assembled once a year in Jokhang for prayer, followed by an open debate for higher degree obtaining

Jan. 15th

Chunga Choepa

Randengjie

Butter Lamp Festival

To honor the victory of Sakyamuni in a debate against Heretics. People assemble at the Barkhor Street in Lhasa, worshiping the Buddha in the daytime and by nightfall. People usually light thousands of lamps filled with butter in an intriguing assortment of designs including immortals, animals, flying birds, beasts, and flowers.. The whole festive will last all night. People  sing and dance in great joy throughout the night.

a lucky day in Jan

 

Chunbojie

Spring Sowing Festival

Yoke the calf first learning to work and have a try to plough with lots of rites and celebrations

Feb. 7th

 

Songmojie

Exorcism Festival

Those who dress up like ghosts will be driven to the other side of the Darxia River, and can¡¯t return within seven days

Feb. 8th

 

Liangbaojie

Airing Thangka Festival

the Monasteries will conduct scripture
chanting, show the giant Buddha and all kinds of treasures.

late February

Chongchu

Xiaoqiyuan Fahui

Small
Dharma Assemble

The activities are similar to those of the Big Dharma Transmission Ceremony.

Mar. 15th

Dhingkor

Shilunjingangjie

K¨¡lacakravajra¡¯s Festival

It is a festival on the fifth of the third month to commemorate the first day for the rotation of Tibetan calendar.( Fire Rabbit Year------ AD 1027)

April 15th

Sagadawa

Sagadawa

Saga Dawa Festival

it is an anniversary of Buddha Sakyamuni¡¯s birth, enlightenment, death and Songtsan Gambo¡¯s wedding with Princess Wencheng. The people including monks and laymen, men and women in Lhapulun don¡¯t eat or drink or speak for a day and two nights, it is called "Niannai" festival.

April 27th

Dharma

Damajie

Dharma Festival

Great celebration in Gyantse to commemorate Gyantse religious king.

May 5th

Samje Manla

Yaosengjie

Medicine Day

People herborize and picnic because Medicine Buddha sprinkle medicine on the earth today

May 1st

Lingkha

Guanglinka

Picnic Festival

Sing, dance, drink and eat outdoors for days.

May 10th

Tridahdeqen

Lianhuasheng Danchenri

Padmasambhava¡¯s birthday

Every year there will be a petty celebration and every twelve years there will be a big celebration.

Jun 4th

Danyideqen

chaoshanjie

Mountain Worship Day

A day of sermon for Shakyamuni ,Buddhist followers wear new cassocks to worship Buddha on mountains

Jul 1st

Shoton

Xuedongjie

Yoghurt Festival

As the activities of Shoton Festival gradually changed into an activity with Tibetan opera as a major part, ?people also called it the Tibet Opera Festival.

Jul 6th

Kamarijee

Muyujie

Bathing Festival

Bathing in the river

Jul 10th

Tsongrenchundu

Saimahui

Horse Race Festival

Mainly in Damshung area

Aug 1st

Tsongrenchundu

Saimajie

Horse Race Festival

Mainly in Nagqu

Lucky day in Aug

Onkor

Wangguojie

Harvest Celebration

Dressing up, beating drums and gongs, singing in their odes and walk around the fields in prayers for a bumper harvest, followed by a horse race, arrow shooting, Tibet opera and dances, together with an outdoor banquet.

Lucky day in Aug

Shimoqenbo

Tiaoshenjie

Lama's Dance

Once a year in Tashilhunpo Monastery

Sep 22nd

Lhaboduiqing

Jiangshenjie

Thank-mom Day

A day when Sakyamuni sermons for his mom. Clean-up, burn joss sticks and so on

Oct 15th

Belha Rabzho

Xiannvjie

Celestial Mother Festival

Mainly religious activitiese specially for Tibetan women to pray for happy marriage and true lov

Oct 1st

Gyamda

Gongbujie

Gyamda New Year

Drive away ghosts, invite dogs to dinner and lots of other activities

Oct 25th

Geden Ngagqu

Randengjie

anniversary of Tsongkhaba¡¯s death

Light? yak-butter lamps

Dec 29th

Kuto

Quguijie

Exorcising-Ghost Day

Cleanup to welcome New Year

 

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