Himalayas Trips
holiday in Nepal with Experienced Guide
Trekking in the rich Buddhist culture, warm-friendly locals, traditional village, land of worlds heritage, high alpine valley's in the shade of the giant peaks of 'Mt.Everest'
Everest base camp
An excellent journey with time to marvel the beauty of the surrounding area and to merge in Khumbu's Sherpa culture, unmatched view point from Kala Pattar (5,545m) with face to face and ever exciting Everest Base Camp which are extraordinaryviewpoints for 4 of the world tallest peak.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
Standing on the Red Hill on Beijing C. Road, Lhasa, the Potala Palace is the highest of its kind in the world. The palace was first built in the seventh century and was damaged in the eighth century.
Tibet Overland Tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Standing on the Red Hill on Beijing C. Road, Lhasa, the Potala Palace is the highest of its kind in the world. The palace was first built in the seventh century and was damaged in the eighth century. In the 17th century, it was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in three years.
This enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks
Pokhara City Day Tours
This enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks.............
Holy Gosaikunda Lake
Holy Gosaikunda Lake
"Holy lake Gosaikuda is highest lake from Langtang trekking region and it is surrounded with 108 lakes, small to medium in size. The holy Gosaikunda Lake is sacred among of both Hindus and Buddhists".
Thorung La Pass 5416m - Annapurna Round Trek
Thorung La Pass 5416m - Annapurna Round Trek
Annapurna Circuit is popular as Annapurna Round Trek goes counter clockwise from Besisahar to Nayapul and  Thorung La Pass 5416m though singular combination of delightful thick and lush forests, long array of surrounding ever smiling snowcapped mountains.
You are in: Home »Trip Information »Festivals in Tibet
Festivals in Tibet
Dates of Tibetan Festivals are traditionally based on lunar calendar; the lunar calendar is calculated each year by astrologers from Mentse Khang (Tibetan Traditional Medicine Centre). Normally a year contain12 months, but the missing or addition of an extra intercalary month for astrological reasons is not uncommon. So the festivals dates are vary in every year.

Most of the festivals on the Tibetan plateaus are deeply connected with their strong Buddhist influence or rich ancestral culture. During the festivals, all the people wear traditional costume and perform different traditional dances and ritual activities. Festival is the best way to experience the breathing culture and tradition of the local and their ethnical affinity.

Tibetan New Year ( Losar)

New Year is most popular festival in Tibet, it is varies in different region based on the regional custom and tradition, but generally it is in first lunar month or in Feb. On the first day morning all the family members fully dressed in traditional costume and sitting in their temple in the order of oldest to youngest, then have the breakfast together. On the first day of the New Year, everybody should be stay at home and play games at home. Either first day or third day all the relatives gathered on the roof and change the prayer flags yhat erected on the four corners of the house. Mostly it celebrates for 15 days and different village they have there own activities and performances arranged by community performance teams.
Monlam Festival

This is a purely religious festival and it has a history of nearly 600 years. It was initiated in 1409 in Lhasa by Tsongapa, the founder of the Gelugpa sect, for commemorating the Buddha Sakyamuni. Since then it has been held between the 4th day and the 25th day of the first Tibetan mnth every year, during which monks from different places are gathered in the Jokhang Monastery to recite Buddhist sutras, lecture on Buddhism and debate Buddhist doctrines. In the meantime, monks pursuing Geshi (the highest scholastic degree of the Tibetan monk-hood), eloquently answer loads of question raised by the examiners. The pious Buddhist followers are crowded on the platform on the second floor of the monastery, lighting butter lamps and occasionally throwing money wrapped by a ceremonial scarf to the chanting lamas.
Saga Dawa (Sakyamuni’s Enlightenment)
The whole month of fourth lunar month is a religious month in throughout Tibet, specially the 15th day of the fourth lunar month (full moon) makes the date of Sakyamuni’s ( Buddha) conception, moment of enlightenment and entry in nirvana. It is an occasion for outdoor operas and sees large numbers of pilgrims at Lhasa Jokhang temple, on the Barkhor circuit and also at Mt. Kailash in the west Tibet. Most pilgrims climb Gephel Ri, the peak behink Drepung monastery, to burn juniper incense. So during that whole month Tibetans are very active to doing pilgrimage and worshiping every holy places, lots Tibetan skip eating meat for the whole month.
Ongkor Festival

This Festival is prevalent in rural areas, especially in those areas along the middle reach of the Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa River Valley. In Tibetan Language “Ong” means the field, and “Kor” means walking around, so it means walking around the crop fields to express the farmers yearning for a good harvest. Each year at the crop-ripening time, the monks of the monasteries nearby will select an auspicious day to stage the festival, during which all the people dressed up, carrying barley beer and food, follow the monks, who hold high the Buddhist images, scriptures and prayer flags, and march around their ripening fields and yell for the deity’s and Buddha’s blessing. Afterwards, they will have horse racing, archery contests and song and dancing performances all night, shifting the atmosphere from solemnity to joyfulness. The date of the festival in different places varies according to ripening of the crops. As long as you don’t mind running from one place to another, you may participate in several Ongkor festivals in a string.
Horse Racing Festival
Horses have been good companion of the Tibetan people for generations. Therefore, festivals themed in horse race are imperative. The horse race festivals are held in many areas, among which, the Changtang (Nachu)m Gyantse and Damshong Horse Race Festivals are most famous.
Among all, the Gyantse Dama (Horse Racing and Archery) Festival can be dated back to 500 years ago, initially for consecrating the Gyantse Prince Gungsang Rabten, who had built Pelkor Chode Monastery, as well as to his highly esteemed grandfather. At the beginning, it was mainly for religious events, and later on evolved to horse race as a predominating event and it spread over to Lhasa, Changtang and Gongbo, etc. The festival actually begin with religious events such as mantra reciting, holy dancing and displaying images of Buddha, etc, between the 30th day of the third Tibetan month and the 18th of the fourth month each year. Then it proceeds to horse race on the 18th and 19th, and archery contests on the 20th and 21st. Besides, there are also some other events for fun include yak race, donkey race and so on. Almost from every part of Tibet, merchants of different levels are also busy with their trading. Presently during the festival there are lots of contest in between the towns under Gyantse County such as culture dance contest, horse race and so on.
Nakchu Horse Racing
The Nakchu Horse Race Festival is also very famous, that area is mainly for the Tibetan nomads, compared to that of Gyantse, the vast expanse of grassland in the Northern Tibet is more suitable for horse race. Making full use of this natural condition, during that festival, thousands of nomads dressed up in their tradition and different performances makes the grassland more fantastic and authentic.
Shoton Festival

In Tibetan language Shoton means “yogurt”. Before the end of the 16th century, it was purely religious. In light of the monastic discipline at that time, monks stayed in retreat for dozens of days, during which they were forbidden to go out to avoid killing insects. Afterwards, the lay people would donate yogurts to them. That was the origin of the festival. Later on in the middle of 17th century, the Tibetan opera play was gradually added as a major event, and therefore, it is also known as Tibetan Opera Festival. Since then it had been celebrated regularly, but still outside of monasteries. Until the early 18th century, the Norbu Linka was inaugurated as the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, and also as the official venue of the annual festival, where ordinary people were allowed access to watch the opera playing. A set of ritualized programs was thus formed. The opera troupes form different regions are gathered in Lhasa, and pay their homage to the Dalai Lama on 29th day of the sixth Tibetan month, and begin to play in Drepung monastery on the next day. On the first day of the seventh month, they will play in Norbu Lingka. Yogurt is a must on the day. Meanwhile, people in Lhasa would adorn themselves with festive attire, and bring with them a lot of food to enjoy the day in Norbu Lingka. In recent Shoton festival, most important event to be attend is the Drepung monastery Thangka display in the morning and Sera monastery Thangka display in the afternoon, on that thousand of Tibetans lines all the way to Drepung since from mid-night to see the Buddha Thangka display and homage to it.
Ganden Ngacho Festival
Ganden Ngacho Festival is also originated from religion, it is commemorated for the death of Gelugpa founder Tsongapa, so on that day Tibetans light butter lamps in their home and pray for him. Even it is very active in the monasteries where monks pray almost whole day and light thousands of butter lamps around the monastery, In Lhasa, Jokhang temple is fully decorated with strings light all around it, crowded pilgrims throughout the Bakhor circuit are mumbling and making koras.   

Source: Google search

Ask An Expert

Call: +977 9813777550
OR E-mail Us

Hours of operation: 7am - 8pm

Ask for E-Brochure
Recent Reviews

Anh, Vietnam

Anh, Vietnam I did Poon Hill trekking route with VisitNepal trekking guide Mr. Bhanu P.S. Adhikari from 21 March to 29 March 214. After such an amazing trek, I can only recommend the service provided from Mr. Bhanu. He is an experienced, knowledgeable guide as well as a nature-lover with a clear itinerary. Price was good and the quality of all the services was excellent. I had great rooms with nice view. Read More View All Testimonials
Peak Climbing & Expeditions
Tailor Made Holidays
Guide & Portes hiring service