jeudi 9 janvier 2014

Le nouvel an tibétain: le 17 mars 2014

Le nouvel an tibétain donne lieu à une fête familiale qui est la plus importante du calendrier tibétain. Les cérémonies rituelles évoquent l'abandon de ce qui est ancien et/ou mauvais, le renouveau et la quête du sens de la vie. Les moines invoquent Bouddha et se livrent à des danses rituelles.
Le mieux est d’être à Lhassa : pendant une semaine se succèdent courses hippiques, théâtres et carnavals. Les familles apportent offrandes et encens sur les collines des environs.
En 2014, nous entrons dans l'an 2141, année du cheval.
Quand : le 17 mars 2014
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Tibetan Festivals

Want to know more about Tibetan culture? Then, take a glance at the time-honored Tibetan festivals. Tibetan festivals are the foundation of Tibetan folk culture, a witness of the splendid history of Tibet and the creativity of Tibetan people.
Tibetans celebrate festivals almost every month, and there might be several in a single month. Joining one would definitely make your Tibet travel sparkle! Below we list the major traditional Tibetan festivals to help you better plan your Tibet tour.
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Tibetan New Year (Losar)

  • Losar Date: 1st - 3rd of the first lunar month (Tibetan Calendar)
  • Losar Festival Date 2013 (Tibetan New Year 2013 Date): Feb 11, 2013 on solar calendar
  • The most important festival in Tibet.
  • Immediately following the Ghost Exorcising Festival (Dec 29 on Tibetan Calendar).
  • Celebrated for 2 weeks, according to traditions.
  • Celebrating styles vary in different areas, with Lhasa the most representative.
Read more about Tibetan New Year Festival
  • Tibetan Opera Performance in Lhasa
    Tibetan opera performance at Dragon King Lake Park of Lhasa during Tibetan New Year

Butter Lamp Festival (Losar Lantern Festival)

  • Date: January 15 (Tibetan Calendar)
  • Mark the close of the Tibetan New Year festivities.
  • Tibetans go to temples to burn incense and worship Buddhas in the day and migrate to a lantern show in the evening.
  • Tibetans use ghee to make works of art known as "butter flowers" which take the shape of Buddha figures, landscapes, pavilions, birds, beasts, flowers, trees, etc.
Read more about Butter Lamp Festival
  • Butter Figure of Tsongkhapa
    Butter figures of Tsongkhapa and his disciples made by Jokhang Temple

Saga Dawa Festival

  • Date: April 15 (Tibetan Calendar)
  • An influential religious festival in Tibet.
  • April 15 on Tibetan Calendar is believed to be the time when Sakyamuni was born, stepped into Buddhahood, and attained nirvana.
  • The festivities, starting from April 1, will last for 1 month.
  • The biggest ritual is to worship Buddha and circumambulate in the inner, middle and outer parts of Lhasa.
  • Sutra chanting, prayer turning, Cham dancing and other religious activities dominate the festival.
  • Many people refrain from killing animals and give out alms to everyone who asks for it.
Read more about Saga Dawa Festival
  • Saga Dawa Festival
    Tibetans worship temples duiring Saga Dawa Festival

Shoton Festival (Yoghurt Festival)

  • Date: June 30 (Tibetan Calendar)
  • The liveliest festival of summer.
  • Traditionally begin with exhibitions of Thangkas of Buddha.
  • As Tibetan operas are performed and giant Thangkas of Buddha are exhibited, it is also called "Tibetan Opera Festival" or "Buddha Exhibition Festival".
  • Gala parties, yak racing and horsemanship displays are held during this period.
Read more about Shoton Festival
  • Buddha Exhibition
    Buddha Exhibition during Shoton Festival

Bathing Festival

  • Date: July 6-12
  • Last for 1 week.
  • It is believed when the sacred Venus appears in the sky, the water in the river can cure diseases. So Tibetans go to bathe in rivers to wash away potential diseases and wards off misfortune.
Read more about Bathing Festival
  • Bathing Festival
    Tibetans bathe in rivers during Bathing Festival to have a good health

Ongkor Festival (Harvest Festival)

  • Date: in August (Tibetan Calendar)
  • A traditional harvest festival held in farming areas when crops ripen.
  • The main ritual is to walk around the crop fields.
  • Activities such as singing, dancing, horseracing, and archery are held.
Read more about Ongkor Festival
  • Circumambulation of Crop Fields
    Tibetans circumambulation crop fields during Ongkor Festival

Horse Racing Fair and Archery Festival

  • Date: between June and July (Tibetan Calendar)
  • The most well-known events are Nakchu Horse Racing Festival and Gyantse Horse Racing Festival.
  • Dressing themselves and their finest horses, hundreds of herdsmen take part in thrilling horse racing, archery and horsemanship contests.
  • Generally lasting several days, with the longest ones over 10 days.
  • Folk dance, art performance, barter trade and other activities add more to the festive mood.
Read more about Horse Racing Fair and Archery Festival


About Tibet: its people, religion, culture & landscape

Tibet, known as ‘the Roof of the World’, is a jewel in the Himalayas and a place filled with hope and secrets. Its wild and overwhelming landscape will cause you to be weak in the knees. The big smile of Tibetan people will warm your heart, while their strong spiritual faith will touch your soul; the splendid and mysterious Tibetan culture will astound you. Come to Tibet to explore its charm in person!

Because it’s unique! It is a Shangri-La and picturesque wonderland on earth, the last spiritual place to save the world! Come to know what others think about Tibet and why they have traveled here.
In Tibet, the religion supports the spiritual world of Tibetan people. Find the truth and facts of the Tibet religion, and its great influence on daily life among Tibetan people.
They say Tibetan people are the most smile-loving people in the world. Why they are so happy and why do they smile so much? What’s the secret of their strong spiritual relief? You can find the answer here.
Tibetan culture is colorful and rich and heavily influenced by the religion of Tibet. It has long been a dazzling pearl in the treasure house of the world, inviting tourists to unveil its mysteries.
Tibetans celebrate festivals almost every month, and there might be several to celebrate in a single month. Click to learn about these colorful and exotic festivals, and experience the interesting local life.
The landscape in Tibet cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. It’s a paradise of paradoxes where magnificent mountains, turquoise lakes, and vast grasslands co-exist with desolate desert and clay forest.
The land of Tibet is full of mysteries beckoning everyone to explore. What are the top mysteries of Tibet? We have a start for you.

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