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Tibet Festivals

Tibet Autonomous Region has many festivals. From the beginning to the end of the year, there are over twenty festivals of a year. The festivals are the period for people to get together, dancing and singing. Traditional festivals mostly have relationship with religion, and now the festivals also celebrated for folk-custom and entertainment. The most famous Tibet Festivals are Tibetan New Year, Butter Lamp Festival, Great Prayer Festival, Saga Dawa, Shoton Festival, Horse Racing Festival, Bathing Festival, Onkor/Harvest Festival and so on.

Tibetan New Year is the most significant festival in Tibet. Different areas have different way to celebrate this festival, and the one of Lhasa is the representative. Great Prayer Festival is the grandest religious festival in Tibet. Monks of Dreprang Monastery, Sera Monastery and Gaden Monastery will assemble in Jokhang Monastery on the occasion. Horse Racing Festival is celebrated in Gyantse in the month of July. Horse racing and archery were first started in Gyantse in 1408. The Bathing Festival often falls on the first ten days of the seventh Tibetan month. Tibetans have the strong belief that bathing for the consecutive seven nights will enable them to keep off cold and plague, and therefore enjoy good health and long life. In this page, you will find detail information about Tibet festival for your reference. If you interested in the festivals in Tibet, you can choose to travel to Tibet during the festivals.