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Festivals of Tibet in 2016
LOSAR TIBETAN NEW YEAR (08 February 2016)
It is the Tibetan New Year, the greatest festival in Tibet. On this day families unite for auspicious dinners and feasts and expect that the coming year will be a better one.
SAGADAWA (21 May 2016)
Celebrating the enlightenment of Buddha and his attainment of Nirvana upon his death. Tens of thousands of Tibetan pilgrims crowd to do the sacred circuit around Jokhang and old Lhasa city known as Linkor
GYANTSE HORSE RACE (05 July 2016)
Horse race, archery contest, and other games are performed to entertain people. Religious activities also are part of the event.
LITANG HORSE RACE FESTIVAL (17 July 2016)
Tibetan Khampas from all oer Tibet come and participate in horse & yak racing, dancing, singing, and games.
THANKA UNVEILING AT TASHILUNGPO (18 July 2016)
Giant Thangkas of Amitayus, Sakyamuni and Maitreya are displayed on the monastery's Thangka Walls. Thousands of pilgrims rush to the monastery to give their offerings to the Buddhas for the accumulation of their merits. The tradition has lasted for 500 years.
ZAMLING CHISANG/SAMYA DOLDE (19 July 2016)
The event commemorates Padmasambhava's subjugation of evil spirits. People go to the monasteries to burn juniper branches.
CHOEKOR DUECHEN (06 August 2016)
People, in their best conduct during the occasion, go to monasteries to pay their respects to the Buddha. Circumambulation around the mountains is the popular practice during the event. Picnicking, singing and dancing are also part of the even
SHOTON YOGURT FESTIVAL (02 September 2016)
During the occasion, giant Thangkas of the Buddha are unveiled in Drepung Monastery while the opera troupes perform at Norbulingka.



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