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Tibetan Festivals

Tibetan Festival Tour

Festival is a kind of comprehensive culture, serving as a bridge into the soul of an ethnic group. General festivals are held in certain seasons, but the contents are all-embracing. Especially some grand festivals thoroughly reflect regional politics and economy, production and living, religion and belief, culture and arts, social interaction, national psychology and so forth. Tibetan, one of Chinese ethnic minorities, have great talent in singing and dancing and enjoy various kinds of social activities. As an important platform for social events, Tibetan festivals almost take place every month. Some last for one or two days, while some would be celebrated for more then ten days. In addition to national festivals, different regions have their own unique regional festivals.

With various manifestations, Tibetan festivals have rich contents, including worship, farming, commemoration, celebration, social recreation, etc. According to different nature and purpose, festivals in Tibet can be roughly classified into four groups, the religious festival, the productive festival, the entertaining festival and the seasonal festival.

2016 & 2017 Tibetan Festivals & Calendar

Tibetan Festivals2016 Solar Calendar2017 Solar CalendarActive RegionRelated Tour Itinerary
Tibetan New Year
(The most important)
Feb.9th Feb.27th TAR
(The All Regions)
5 Days Tibet New Year Festival Tour
(Celebrate the festival with local Tibetans)
Butter Lantern Festival Feb.22th Mar.12th Jokhang Monastery Contact us to tailor your own trip
Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival May.17th Jun.5th Tsurphu Monastery Contact us to tailor your own trip
Saga Dawa Festival
(The holiest one)
May.21st Jun.9th TAR 15 Days Tour Kailash in Saga Dawa Festival
(Circle around Mt. Kailash for worship)
Drigung Cham Dance Festival Jun.1st Jun.18th Drigung Monastery Contact us to tailor your own trip
Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival Jun.20th Jul.8th Tashilhunpo Monastery 8 Days Tashilhunpo Festival Tour
(Participate various religious events)
World Incense Festival Jun.21st Jul.9th TAR Contact us to tailor your own trip
Buddha's Sermon Festival Jul.8th Jul.27th TAR Contact us to tailor your own trip
Ganden Thangka Festival Jul.13th Aug.1st Gandan Monastery Contact us to tailor your own trip
Shoton Festival
(The most popular)
Sep.1st Aug.21st Lhasa 5 Days Shoton Festival Experience Tour
(Experience the grandest festival to Tibetans)
Washing Festival Sep.16th Sep.6th TAR Contact us to tailor your own trip
Buddha's Descent Day Oct.22nd Nov.10th TAR Contact us to tailor your own trip
Tibetan New Year in Kongbo Area Nov.1st Nov.19th Nyingchi & Pulan Contact us to tailor your own trip
Palden Lhamo Festival Nov.16th Dec.3rd Lhasa Contact us to tailor your own trip
Butter Lamp Festival Nov.26th Dec.12th Lhasa 5 Days Gaden Ngachen Chenmo Festival Tour
(Join the commemoration of Tsongkapa)

The Most Important Festivals and Celebrations of Tibet

  • Tibetan New Year

    Tibetan New Year / Losar

    The Tibetan New year, also known as Losar Festival, is the most important festival on the Tibetan calendar. Based on the Tibetan Calendar, annual New Year celebration begins on December 29 and lasts 2 weeks.Tibetan New Year offers the travelers a great opportunity to enjoy the annual festive occasion with local Tibetans.

  • Saga Dawa Festival

    Saga Dawa Festival

    Saga Dawa Festival is the most significant religious festival in Tibet. It is celebrated on April 15th in Tibetan calendar and continues for the whole month. Monks chanting in monasteries, cham dancing and other religious activities dominate the occasion. The most attractive event for tourists is to watch devoted pilgrims circling around religious sites like Jokhang Temple, Mount Kailash, etc.

  • Shoton Festival

    Shoton Festival

    Shoton Festival, also named as Tibetan Opera Festival or Buddha Exhibition Festival, is the most important and attractive for the Tibetans with full of ethnic songs and dances along with famous Tibetan opera performing at Norbulingka Palace. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans gather at Drepung Monetary, Sera monastery to see the famous Buddha Thangka. It falls on July 1st of Tibetan calendar, lasting for a few days.

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