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Tibet Tour in January and February: Experience Authentic Tibetan Culture

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Though January and February are always regarded as the low season of Tibet tourism due to the cold weather, it is a great time to experience Tibetan culture and local customs. At the beginning of the New Year, Tibetans celebrate their harvest of the last year and pray for a better life and harvest in the new year in Tibetan New Year Festival.

Besides, tourists can enjoy considerable discount in all aspects. Hotels would offer discounted prices that are 30%-50% of their price in high season. Well equipped heating conditions in good hotels are also available. Airlines and tourist sites in Tibet also provide considerable discount in winter.

Thick sweaters and down jacket should be prepared in advance. The temperature would be relatively higher in the noon for the strong sunshine, but it would drop rapidly at night. Tourists are not advised to take off your clothes even you feel hot so as to avoid catching a cold, which might cause or worsen altitude sickness.

Besides, tourists are highly suggested to drink enough boiled water for the required water replenishment. and observing Tibetan pilgrims doing ritual can be very pleasant. But warm clothes are still necessary.

Tibet Small Group Tours Departing in Jan. and Feb. to Join

Avg. Temparature of Tibet Hot Places in Winter

Lhasa WeatherJan.Feb.
Lhasa -9℃~
Shigatse -16℃~
E.B.C -21℃~
Namtso Lake -22℃~
Ngari (Mt. Kailash) -24℃~
Kathmandu 2℃~

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Tibetan Festivals Celebrated in Jan. and Feb.

Tibetan New Year

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.

During the festival, people celebrate by some ancient ceremonies which represent the struggle between good and evil. Lamas are chanting and passing fire torches through the crowds. People perform the dance of the deer and amusing battles between the king and his ministers, and so on, people are cheering for the coming new year by dancing, singing, and merrymaking.

Butter Sculptures Exhibition

An annual exhibition of butter sculptures was held in celebration of the Chinese Lantern Festival in Taer Monastery, a prominent monastery in northwest China's Qinghai Province. With delicate handmade yak butter sculptures, the exhibition has attracted up to 150,000 masses and visitors from all ethnic groups on Chinese Lantern Festival, the climax of Chinese New Year celebrations on the 15th day of lunar January.

The Tibetan butter sculpture has derived its name from yak butter, which is sculpted into various shapes such as Buddha, religious characters, landscapes, pavilions, animals, flowers and trees.

Sera Bengqin Festival

It is a traditional religious event and it is annually hold four days before Losar in the Sera Monastery in the northern suburb of Lhasa (Lhasa is the capital city of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region). And the ritual has been held exclusively at Sera Monastery for centuries since it was first initiated in the 17th century.

As a tradition, the pilgrims held pure white hada, a traditional scarf, in hand and prayed while moving slowly in the kilometer-long line outside of the monastery. They eventually proceeded to the Vajra Pestle, a treasure of the monastery, for the blessings. The Vajra Pestle was originally a weapon from India and it was introduced as a Tibetan Buddist ritual instrument in the late 15th century.

Spring Sowing Festival

A saying says that the whole year's work depends on a good start in spring. Thus, Spring Sowing Festival in Tibet is an important traditional festival for Tibetan farmers. Tibetan Spring Sowing Festival will be held on an auspicious day in the first month of New Year for the celebration of the calf tying to plough for the first time.

Spring Sowing Festival is also known as the Sowing Seed Festival and experimentally Sowing Festival. If you travel to Tibet during the Spring Sowing Festival, you will experience the traditional festive atmosphere with local Tibetans.

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