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2014/5/6 Tibetan Festival Calendar

Tibetan Calendar
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New Year Festival in Shigatse日喀则藏年Shigatse of Tibet

Dec 29th
Give the house a facelift, perform exorcism, worship Buddha, family reunion, collect the auspicious items such as water, earth and even dog droppingsJan 31, 2014
Banishing Evil Spirits Festival(驱鬼节)Tibet

Dec 29th
Each monastery will stage a large-scaled Buddha Dance Show(Cham Dance) and each family will perform a ritual to banish all the ghosts away.Feb 28, 2014
Jan 1st -7th
Tibetan Opera, pray, family get-together, horse-racing, archery
Mar 2, 2014
Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival 林芝桃花节  Visit Nyingchi during spring is like being transported into a fairyland. A sea of peach blossoms set against snow-capped peaks in the distance greets you most welcomingly.Mid-March to Mid-April 2014
Monlan Prayer Festival(Great Prayer Festival 传大召)
Jan 3th -24th
Started by Tsong Khapa, this over 600-year-old festival is one of the Top Four Buddhist Festivals in Tibet. It features intricate religious ceremonies, a wonderful religious debate which will last for over ten days and a parade along the Barkhor Street.
From Jan 22th to 24th, a grand exorcism ritual will kick off. In Jan 25th, the Tibetans will worship Maitreya and after that, various activities including wrestling, weight-lifting, acrobatics and horse-racing.
 Mar 4-middle Apr ,2014
 Tibetan Butter Lantern Festival(酥油花灯节)
Jan 15th
 Set by by Tsong Khapa in 1409 to celebrate Sakyamni’s triumph during one religious debate, it features Yak Butter Sculptures Exhibition and Cham Dance (Tibetan Buddhist Ritual Dance). Mar 16,2014
 Devil-Expulsion Festival(送魔节)
Feb 7th
 This festival will see a poor Tibetan being dressed up like a devil, whose face will be painted into semi-white and semi-black and whose head will be decorated with feathers. This “devil” will be expulsed across the river and is forbidden to return the monasteries in a week. 
Tibetan Treasure-Exhibition Festival
Labrang Monastery
 Feb 8
 Treasure will be exhibited by various monasteries in Tibet. Jokhang Monastery will exhibit the royal music instruments of Wencheng Princess, while Labrang Monastery will see thousands of monks encircle this temple, chanting and dancing. 
 Minor Prayer Festival(传小召,充曲)
Feb 18
 It is set up in 1682. Each time a Dalai passes away, the period of this festival will be extended for one day. By now, this festival has been prolonged from 7 days to 15 days. Tens of thousands of monks from Ganden Monastery, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery will congregate in Jokhang Monastery to join in the grand debate, during which talented monks will be selected to higher ranks. 
 Buddha Bathing
 It is a festival devoted to memorize the birth, enlightenment and Nirvana of Sakyamuni. The Mongols and the Tibetans will celebrate it in April 15th (Tibetan calendar), Dai people and Han Chinese celebrate it in April 8th (lunar calendar) while Dai people in June (Dai calendar) in the form of Water Splashing Festival. June 13.2014
Gyantse Horse-Racing Festival (江孜达玛节)Zongshan Hill ofGyangze

Apr 10th-28th
Horse-racing, tug-of-war, archery, wrestling, stone-lifting, folk singing contest joined by over 1000 Tibetan youths, religious danceJune 8, 2014
Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival
  Date: June 8, 2014
Saga Dawa Festival(萨嘎达瓦节)
 Apr 15
 Celebrated in honor of Sakyamuni’s birth, enlightenment and Nirvana, Saga Dawa stands out as one of the grandest Tibetan Buddhism festivals. An ocean of devout pilgrims will stream into Lhasa and circle around Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Street and Linkuo Road. Various good deeds will be performed by all the Tibetans in the hope of receiving blessings from Buddha.June 13, 2014
 Hanging of the Thangka(晒大佛)
Tibet, Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan
Early February, middle April or middle June
 Reputed as the “portable monastery”, Thangka is the most sacred item of each Tibetan temple. A giant Thangka will be unfolded along a slope to receive both sunshine and the worship from numerous pilgrims. This holy occasion is both overwhelming and touching. Rumor has it that whenever a Thangka is unfolded, sunshine will come out and kiss the forehead of Buddha first. In Qinghai province, this festival usually falls on the fourth and sixth lunar month in Kumbum Monastery each year. 
Tashilhunpo Festival 、扎什伦布寺展佛节 May 14Thangkha is unfurled and cham dances are performedJuly 10, 2014
Samye and Trandruk Cham Festival In May 15(Tibetan calendar), Cham Dance Festival will be held in Samye Monastery and Trandruk Monastery respectively. It lasts for 2 to 3 days. It is a window into the mysterious rituals and amazing cham dance(exorcism dance)Date: July 12, 2014
Choerkor Dhuchen Festival Trek to Mountain Gyambu Utse (the peak behind Drepung Monastery) to prayDate: July 31, 2014
Ganden Thangka FestivalGanden Monastery, TibetSolemn rituals, throngs of monks, 25 rare-seen sacred relicsAugust 10, 2014
Sangjimanla Festival(桑吉曼拉节)
Gansu province
May 5th
The Tibetans in Gansu will bring Barley wine and Butter tea and go to the mountains to pick herbs. 
 Incense-Burning Festival(智达得钦节)
May 10th
 This day is the birthday of Padmasambhava, an India Buddhist master. Monks from India, Sikkim, Bhutan and Ladakh will join the Tibetans to host various worship ceremonies.
Burning incense in a Tibetan Buddhism Monastery, the Tibetans will pray for blessing, health, fortune and good harvest. Besides, they will also put on festival attires to dispel evil spirits.
Linka Festival(林卡节)

May 15th
The Tibetans will dress up and go camping in beautiful parks with relatives and friends. Except for soaking up enticing natural scenery and enjoying local delicacies, they will indulge in eating, drinking and activities including horse-racing and archery contest. This one-month-long festival is also filled with dancing, singing and Tibetan opera show. 
 Buddha's sermon(丹伊得钦,朝山节)
Jun 4th
 Worship Buddha, light up the butter lamps and chant the Buddhism sutras July 31,2014
 Drepung Monastery

June29th – July7th
  A grand Tibetan opera and Buddhist ceremony will be held.Aug 25,2014
 Washing Festival(沐浴节)
Jul 6th -12th
 Believing that water in this period has magical effect, all the Tibetans will take a bath along a river and wash their clothesSeptember 9, 2014
 Golden Star Festival
July or August
 Bathing and picnics
aiming to wash away desires, ambitions and hatred
 Nagqu Horse-Racing Festival
 Horse-racing, archery, wrestling, weightlifting, tug-of-war, watch movies, grand trade, enjoy the performance of Epic of King Gesar
since Aug 1,2014
lasts from 5 to over 20 days
  Ongkar Festival, Harvest Festival(望果节)
July to August
 Leaded a group of Lamas , the Tibetan farmers will circle around the fields to thank gods for a good harvest. After that, festivities including Tibetan opera, singing, dancing, horse-racing, archery and tug-of-war will be held.  This festival is over 1500 years old.
August, 2014
in 2013:
Lhasa:Aug 1st- 7th

Gyantse and Shigatse: July 15th

Period: Aug 7th-Sep 6th
 The Buddha's Descent from Heaven Festival (降神节,拉波堆庆)
Sep 22th
 According to Tibetan Buddhism’s doctrine, each Sep 22 will witness Sakyamuni pay a visit to Tibet. To greet him, countless pilgrims will flock into Barkhor Street and Jokhang Monastery to pray.November 13, 2014
Palden LhamoFestival (Fairy Festival,仙女节)
Oct 15th
 Since early 5 am in the morning, tens of thousands of Tibetan Buddhists will throng into Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa. Pray in Barkhor Street and worship Palden Lhamo, the protection god of Lhasa city and all the Dalai Lamas are prominent parts of this festival. What is notably is that Tibetan woman will put on their gorgeous festival attires. On this day, their pray will come true. Besides, they also have the privilege to ask money or gifts from men, even they are strangers.December 6, 2014
 Butter Lamp Festival (Tsong Khapa memorial
Oct 25
 To memorize the death of Tsong Khapa, every Tibetan monastery will light up all the butter lamps during this period. The Tibetans will pray within these monasteries in the morning and offer sacrifices to Buddha. As the birthplace of Tsong Khapa, Kumbum Monastery will stage the grandest Butter Lamp Festival in China. Unlike elsewhere, it will last for nine days instead of three days.December 16, 2014
Cham Dancing Festival (Buddist Dance Festival跳神节)Potala Palace

Dec 29th
Lamas will act characters ranging from Buddha to demons before encircling Potala Palace. It is the same with Banishing Evil Spirits Festival celebrated by the Tibetans, for both of them aim to dispel devils and pray for a lucky and happy new year ahead. 2014, Jan 29th 
 Notice: this post is updating constantly.
Gallery of Tibetan Festivals
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 Cham Dance Festival (Buddist Dance Festival 跳神节)
 tibetan treasure exhibition festival
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 Tibetan Treasure-Exhibition Festival(亮宝会)
 saga dawa festival
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 Saga Dawa Festival(萨嘎达瓦节)
 nagqu horse racing festival
 Nagqu Horse-racing Festival
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Ongkar Festival, Harvest Festival(望果节)
Author: Sophia   last updated on Feb 25, 2014


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