For a long time, Tibetan traditional festivals with strong local characteristics have become more and more important Tibetan culture.
During the Spring Festival Losar, the first day of the Tibetan New Year, people from Caina Township, Qushui County, Lhasa, Tibet, are going to visit their relatives with the auspicious “Qima” in hand to pay New Year’s greetings to each other. It is one of the most important Tibet festivals.
On the fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar, it is the Lantern Festival in Tibet. The lamas in Jokhang Temple will usher in the annual “Jue A Que Ba”, that is, the “Fifteenth Sacrifice”. On that day, five finely crafted butter flower sculptures will be displayed in the Thousand Buddhas Gallery of Jokhang Temple for worshippers and prayers.
On March 30 of the Tibetan calendar, local Tibetans usher in the most solemn religious festival that lasts for a month – the “Saga Dawa” Festival. The 15th day of the fourth month in the Tibetan calendar are set to memory the birth, the enlightenment and the death of the founder of Buddhism – Sakyamuni.
The Wangguo Festival has a history of more than 1,500 years and is a national intangible cultural heritage. “Wangguo Festival” means to circle around the crops that are in sight.
The herdsmen in the northern Tibetan grasslands of Tibet call August the “golden season”, and Nagqu City has fixed a horse racing festival from August 10th to 14th every year.
On the 30th June of the Tibetan calendar, the Shoton Festival opened in Lhasa, Tibet. This famous festival has been passed down for thousands of years. The celebrations lasts for a week.
From September 9th to 15th, it is the traditional Tibetan festival “Bath Festival”, which is called “Gama Riji” in Tibetan and lasts for 7 days. This ancient custom has been going on for more than 800 years.
On the fifteenth day of the tenth month of the Tibetan calendar, it is a traditional Tibetan folk festival “Bai La Richai”, commonly known as “Fairy Festival”.
Every year on the 25th day of the tenth month of the Tibetan calendar, it is called “ Ganden Ngachen “, which means the Lantern Festival. It commemorates the passing away of Master Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism who is known as the “Second Buddha” in this snow region.