Tashilhunpo Monastery Festival
As an important religious Tibet festival with a history over 500 years, Tashilhunpo Monastery Festival, also known as Buddha Exhibition Festival in Tashilhunpo Monastery enjoys high popularity among local Tibetans and tourists. The Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival usually erupts for three days in the middle of the fifth lunar Tibetan month, from May 14th-16th in Tibetan Calendar every year. Different Buddhas are exhibited on each day during this festival.
Buddha Amitabha (infinite light) would be exhibited on the first day of Buddha Exhibition Festival of Tashilhunpo Monastery. This exhibition aims to remind people to cherish the memory of the past.
Sakyamuni would be exhibited on the second day of Buddha Exhibition Festival of Tashilhunpo Monastery. The statue of Sakyamuni which would be exhibited was manufactured by the Ninth Panchen Lama. This exhibition aims to ask people to pray for a life with happiness.
Maitreya (the future Buddha) would be exhibited on the third day of Buddha Exhibition Festival of Tashilhunpo Monastery. This exhibition aims to encourage people to hold expectations for the future.
Events culminate with the unveiling of a huge four-storey-tall Thangka (religious painting) on a tower behind the Tashilunpo monastery. The whole exposition zone spreads over 1,000 meters, decorated by silk and satins.
Tibetan Thangka is unveiled at Tashilhunpo Monastery.
The Buddha Exhibition Festival is not only an important festival in Tsang, but also the pageant of sutra chanting, prayers meeting and rain begging. Both the lamas and the followers of Tibetan Buddhism would show their respect to the Buddha and pray for blessing by kowtow or some other religious activities. Besides, the mystic religious festival, Vision Quests, the Ximuqinbo Festival in Shalu Monastery and Tibetan Opera are also magnificent and interesting activities in Tibet.
Tibetan pilgrims are circling around Tashilhunpo Monastery after Buddha exhibition.
After the Buddha exhibition ceremony on the Buddha Exhibition Festival of Tashilhunpo Monastery, the followers of Tibetan Buddhism would make a circumambulation around Tashilhunpo Monastery which was built against Nyma Mountain. The local Tibetans would also sitting together on the culture square, sharing barley wine and the happiness of the Buddha Exhibition Festival.
There are Buddha exhibition festivals in other monasteries in Tibet, but the Buddha exhibition stage in Tashilhunpo Monastery is unique. It is the symbol of Tashilhunpo Monastery, as well as one of the symbols of Shigatse. Hence, there is a large number of tourists would like to make a Tibet festival tour during the Buddha Exhibition Festival of Tashilhunpo Monastery so as to enjoy the noted religious festival atmosphere.