The annual Shoton Festival (also Yogurt Festival) in Tibet will fall on 17 August, 2012. The celebration of this grand festival usually lasts for a whole week. Shoton Festival 2012 will be held in Lhasa from August 17 to August 23, with a series of "happy Lhasa, cultural Shoton" themed activities, including Buddha Exhibition, Horse Racing, Tibetan opera performance, youth singing competition, flower show, car exhibition, Namtso international trekking race, etc. What is different this year is that a modern Tibetan musical forum will be held during this festival.
With more and more new ideas being added in celebrating the great festival for Tibetan people, Shoton Festival
becomes more and more attractive both at home and aboard.
The following are the schedule of some activities of celebrating Shoton Festival 2012.
On August 17, Buddha Exhibition will be held at both Drepung Monastery
and Sera Monastery
, starting from 8:00am; then the opening ceremony of the Shoton Festival will be held at Potala Plaza in front of the famous Potala Palace
Moreover, exciting horse racing will also be held at Lhasa Horse Race Ground and a three-day Namtso international trekking race from Lhasa to the heavenly lake Namtso
will start from Lhasa in the morning. Participants of the trekking race will complete 60 km walking with 25-27 kilometers every day.
From August 17 to August 23, Tibetan opera performance will be given every day at Norbulingka
, the summer palace of dalai lamas. Besides, colorful flowers can be appreciated at Zongjiaolukang Park in the northern area of the Potala Palace in Lhasa when a flower show is held during the Shoton festival. In addition, Everest Photography Competition will be held on the Potala Plaza in Lhasa for a whole week from August 17. Hundreds of works recording the beautiful landscape and colorful life of Tibetan people will be exhibited on the Potala Square.
What's more, if you are interested in cars, a grand car exhibition named the Most Beautiful Heaven Road Trip will show you all kinds of cars provided by different automobile companies. If you are interested in music, a youth singing competition held in Lhasa TV station will offer you a great auditory experience.
In a word, Shoton festival is the greatest time for you to travel to Tibet
in 2012. You can not only enjoy an eyeful of the fabulous landscape of Tibet, but also a big feast of Tibetan culture. See how to arrange a Tibet Shoton Festival Tour