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Tibet New Year in 2020

Time:25-11-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

The 2020 Spring Festival is one month apart from the Tibetan New Year(Losar), as the Spring festival will be on 25th Jan 2020, and the Tibetan New Year is on 24th Feb 2020. Tibetan New Year is the Tibetan people's traditional festival, is influenced by Tibetan culture deep Bhutan, Mongolian.

Tibetan New Year

The Tibetan calendar begins on the first day of the first lunar month and lasts from three to five days.At the beginning of December in the Tibetan calendar, people began to prepare New Year goods, and every family soaked highland barley seeds in the basin to cultivate green seedlings. In the middle of December, every family has been using ghee and white flour frying oil guozi (kassai), there are many kinds of oil guozi, the ear shape "gu guo", the long shape "na xia". Each family should prepare a drawing with color map rectangular bamboo qima grain bucket, bucket filled with butter mixed with zanba, Fried wheat, ginseng fruit and other food, described above barley spike, cockscomb and butter to do the color plate, and prepare a color ghee plastic sheep head.

To the first day of the New Year, people will put the green seedlings, oil guozi, sheep head, bucket of grain in the Buddhist niches tea table to wish the New Year life food abundance.

On the second day, relatives and friends visited each other and offered each other Hada.Men, women, old and young all put on their festival costumes, meet each other and say "tashi delek" and "happy festival". This activity lasts for three or five days.

On the third day it is worship "roof god", on this day, people are on the roof of each house, inserted the new prayer flags in the roof, and then burn burning cypress branches, throwing zanba into the air, floating prayer flags and curl up the "mulberry smoke" on people's prayers to the air to pass.

On the fourth day of the lunar New Year, the largest religious festival in Tibet will be held. The dharma is a continuation of the great dharma initiated by the founder of the gelug sect, zongkaba, in Lhasa in 1409.

On the fifth day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar, farmers in the suburbs of Lhasa hold a grand ceremony to open the plough. Before the ploughing, farmers still have to carry out a piece of white rock from home, that is collect in last year from the farmland, again respectfully put into the center of the farmland, it is the goddess of protection of crops. Farmers simmer mulberry smoke in the field, planted blessing flags, driving cattle, around the white stone ploughed five furrows. When the ceremony was over, they gathered together, drank and sang.

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Mr. Ju*** from: 4 Days Lhasa Holy Landmarks Express
January 07, 2020 08:25

Hi, I plan to arrive in Lhasa on the 9th of March in 2020 by train and would like to do a 4 day tour. Unfortunately there are no tours scheduled between January and April, will there be tours added or are there not any planned?

Kind regards

Julian Franz

Answered by Helen
January 07, 2020 07:14

Hello Mr. Ju***,

    Thanks very much for your inquiry. We currently have no group tour in February and March, if you would like to travel Tibet in these months, we are able to arrange a private tour for you. While there are several confirmed departure date for the group tour in January and April, if your time is flexible, you may consider joining a group tour in April. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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