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Sun 2 Mar 2014

Tibetan New Year

  • By Eva HS and 1 other
  • Last Update: 3 years ago
  • Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China

The Tibetan New Year begins.

Also known as Losar, it is the main holiday in Tibet.

The celebration stems from the Bön period and was originally a spiritual winter ceremony, with offerings of incense meant to appease local spirits. With the advent of Buddhism however, Losar evolved into a farmer's festival celebrating the arts of cultivation, irrigation and building bridges. 

Though Losar is a 15-day celebration, the official festivities begin on the twenty-ninth day of the twelfth month of the Tibetan calendar. 

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