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Sun 2 Mar 2014

Tibetan New Year

  • By Eva HS and 1 other
  • Last update: 66 weeks ago
  • Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China

Tibetan New Year-Losar

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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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