Tibetan Festivals

Want to join in a Tibetan Festival?

General speaking, there are more than 30 major or minor festivals throughout a year in Tibet region. As long as you come here and stay in Tibet for half month in any season, you will have a good chance to come across a Tibetan festival and will be amazed by festal revelry of Tibetan people.

The popular major Tibetan traditional festivals recommended by our customers:

Top 1. Tibetan New Year

Date: 1st - 15th days of the first lunar month of Tibetan Calendar
Locally, Tibetan New Year, known as "Losar", is one of the most popular festival in Tibet. Different regions of Tibet celebrate the New Year differently. The first 3 days filled with family, friends, and traditions that could date back hundred of years. From 4th day to 15th day, Tibetans host the largest religious festival - Great Prayer Festival.

>> Check for more
Tibetan New Year

Top 2. Butter Lamp Festival

Date: January 15th ( Tibetan Calendar )
Tibet Butter Lamp Festival, also called Chunga Choepa in Tibetan language, fall on the 15th day of the first Tibetan month, marking the ending of Tibetan New Year Festival. It is celebrated for the victory of Sakyamuni against heretics in a religious debate. When the evening coming, the lamas will light the butter lamp which is made of different shape of Buddha figures, landscapes, pavilions, birds, flowers, etc.

>> Check for more
Butter Lamp Festival

Top 3. Saga Dawa Festival

Date: April 15 ( Tibetan Calendar )
Saga Dawa Festival is an influential religious festival in Tibet. Buddhists believe that Sakyamuni was born, became Buddha and attained heaven in April. In memory of the Buddha, Buddhists take ritual walks, worship Buddha, gibe alms to lamas and abstain from eating meat in the inner, middle and outer parts of Lhasa. All the activities last through the whole month.

>> Check for more
Saga Dawa Festival

Top 4. Shoton Festival

Date: June 30 - July 4 ( Tibetan Calendar )
Shoton Festival is one of the most popular traditional festivals in Tibet. On that day, Tibetan operas are performed and Buddha paintings are exhibited, as well as wonderful yak race and horsemanship display.

>> Check for more
Shoton Festival

Top 5. Bathing Festival

Date: July 6 - July 12 ( Tibetan Calendar )
Bathing Festival is called "Gamariji" in Tibetan language. It is said by Tibetan legend that bathing at this period is beneficial to health, and the water in Tibet has 8 advantages: sweet, cool, soft, light, clear, clean, unharmful to throat, nor to belly. After bathing in the rivers, people recovered miraculously from their illnesses.

>> Check for more
Bathing Festival

Top 6. Horse Racing Festival

Date: in July ( Tibetan Calendar )
The Festival is a unique festival in grazing area of Tibet, usually held in 7th month in Tibetan calendar. The most famous one is Nagqu Damxung Horse Racing Art Festival.

>> Check for more
Horse Racing Fair and Archery Festival

Top 7. Ongkor Festival

Date: in August ( Tibetan Calendar )
Ongkor Festival or Bumper Harvest Festival is an old festival in farming of Tibet held in each August of Tibetan calendar when crops are waiting to be harvested. Major fun activities include horse racing, shooting, dancing, and singing, Tibetan traditional Opera, stone lifting and wrestling.

>> Check for more
Ongkor Festival

2014 Celebration Date of Tibetan Festivals

(Tibetan Calendar)
Tibet New Year(Losar)Jan.1 - Jan.15Big dinner, new cloth, worship buddha, parties with friends & relatives
Monlam Prayer FestivalJan.4 - Jan.25Grate prayer festival, pilgrims gather at Jokhang Temple in Lhasa
Butter Lamp FestivalJan. 15Fires are lit on roofs; lamps in windows
Pilgrim FestivalApr.15Important month for pilgrims
Saga Dawa FestivalApr. 15ritual walks, worship Buddha, gibe alms to lamas and abstain from eating meat in Lhasa
Hanging of the ThangkaMay 14 - 16A giant thangka is hung at Tashilunpo in Shigatse
Incense FestivalMay 15Tibetan people dress up and party to drive away ghosts and spirits.
Buddha's SermonJune 4A feast is held to commemorate Buddha's first sermon
Shoton FestivalJune 30 - July 4Tibetan operas are performed and Buddha paintings are exhibited, wonderful yak race and horsemanship display
Bathing FestivalJuly 6 - July 12Tibet people go to the river to wash themselves and their clothes for good health
Horse Racing FestivalIn JulyIt is a unique festival in grazing area of Tibet
Ongkor FestivalIn Augusthorse racing, shooting, dancing, and singing, Tibetan traditional Opera, stone lifting and wrestling
Tsong Khapa MemorialOct.25Memorial festival of Tsong Khapa's death, fires lighting on the roofs of Monasteries
Banishing Evil SpiritsDec.29A "Devil Dance" is held to drive out all evils from the old year to prepare for new year

Tell us your Travel Plan or Ask a Question

Any requirements about your private trip? Your contact name:
Your contact email:
Your travel date: Confirm your email:
How many of your travel group? Your contact tel:

Why travel with Tour-tibet.com

  • Travel Expert of Tour-tibet.com

    Local Travel Experts

    They have thorough knowledge about Tibetan culture, climate, hotels and all destinations for tours in Tibet.

    Learn more
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed

    Best Price Guaranteed

    As a Tibet local travel agency based in Lhasa, we ensure the best price for any of trips you book.

    Learn more

Customize a trip or email us your Tibet travel plan via : info@tour-tibet.com

Pin It to Pinterest