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Tibetan New Year-Losar
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.