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Tibetan Festivals

Want to know more about Tibetan culture? Then, take a glance at the time-honored Tibetan festivals. Tibetan festivals are the foundation of Tibetan folk culture, a witness of the splendid history of Tibet and the creativity of Tibetan people.

Tibetans celebrate festivals almost every month, and there might be several in a single month. Joining one would definitely make your Tibet travel sparkle! Below we list the major traditional Tibetan festivals to help you better plan your Tibet tour.

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Tibetan New Year (Losar)

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Butter Lamp Festival (Losar Lantern Festival)

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Saga Dawa Festival

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Shoton Festival (Yoghurt Festival)

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Bathing Festival

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Ongkor Festival (Harvest Festival)

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Horse Racing Fair and Archery Festival

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Tibet Festivals Calendar 2014

Festival
Date on Tibetan CalendarDate on Solar Calendar 2014
Tibetan New Year (Losar)
Jan 1
Feb 11
Great Prayer Festival (Monlam)
Jan 4
Feb 14
Butter Lamp Festival
Jan 15
Feb 25
Saga Dawa Festival
Apr 15
May 25
Universal Prayers Festival (Zamling Chisang)
May 15
Jun 23
Holy Mountain Festival (Choekor Duechen)
Jun 4
Jul 12
Shoton Festival
Jun 30
Aug 6
Nakchu Horse Racing Festival
Jun to Jul
July to Aug
Bathing Festival (Karma Dunba)
Jul 6-12 (when Venus appears)
Aug 12
Harvest Festival (Ongkor)
Aug
Sept
Palden Lhamo Festival
Oct 15
Dec 17
Tsongkhapa Butter Lamp Festival
Oct 25
Dec 27