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Traditional Festivals in Tibet and Kham-Amdo

There are Information about traditional folk festivals, monastery festivals in Tibet and in the eastern Tibetan areas Kham-Amdo of the provinces Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and Yunnan.

Tibetans have a long history and splendid culture. The traditional festivals play an important and brilliant role in Tibetan culture. These festivals have been presenting the customs and habits, beliefs and high moral standards of the Tibetans for a long time. The festivities still play an important role in modern time.

Saga Dawa Festival in Tibet
As an important religious festival in Tibet, Saga Dawa is another name for the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar. According to Buddhist belief, Shakjamuni was born in the fourth month, and he...
Mask Dance (Cham) Festival in Katok Monastery
Katok Monastery is one of the six principal ("mother") monasteries of the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located on a top of mountain with altitude of 4200 meters above sea...
Mask Dance (Cham) Festival at Tagong Monastery
With more than one thousand yeas history, Tagong Monastery, a famous sakya temple in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, is a important pilgrimage shrine for Tibetan in Kangba region. It said...
Mask Dance (Cham) Festival at Huiyuan Monastery during Summer Prayer
Huiyuan Temple (Gatar Qiangbaling in Tibetan) is located in Xiede village in Daofu county of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, about 10 kilometers northeast from Bamei town, 43 kilometers north...
Litang Horse Racing Festival
Known as “Hometown of Horsemanship”, the main event in Litang is the horse racing festival. The Litang Horse Festival is held in summer in Litang County, Ganzi Tibetan Prefecture,...
Mask Dance (Cham) Festival during Summer Prayer at Tsurpu Monastery
Mask Dance is an annual activity of Tsurpu Monastery, and it is also one of the major components of Summer Prayer Festival. At 2:00 pm on April 9th of Tibetan calendar, more than 100 monks from...
Shoton Festival in Lhasa
The festival is held on the last day of the sixth Tibetan month. In Tibetan language Shoton means yogurt. Before the end of the 16th century, it was purely religious. In light of the monastic...
Yushu Horse Racing Festival
In Qinghai Province, Yushu (Jyekundo) Autonomous Prefecture is known as the "Master of the Famous Mountains", the "Source of Rivers and Lakes", the "Land of the Yaks"...
Monlam Festival (New Year's Festival, Losar) in Aba
The Festival of Monlam, also known as the Prayer Mass, is the grandest religious festival in the Tibetan areas during the Spring Festival (New Year Festival, Losar). Originally it was the...
Monlam Festival (New Year's Festival, Losar) in Repkong (Tongren)
Tongren is called “Repkong” in Tibetan and means the golden valley where the dream comes true. In 2009, Repkong art was added to the list of World Intangible Cultural Heritage. With...
Monlam Festival (New Year's Festival, Losar) in Langmu Si
Langmu Si Town locates at the border of Sichuan-Gansu. This village hosts two Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhist monasteries - Kirti Monastery in Sichuan Province and Sertri Monastery in Gansu Province,...
Shaman Festival in Tongren
The Shaman Festival in summer is a traditional folk festival that spreads widely in Tibetan and Tu Nationality in Regong (Tongren) of Qinghai Province. Held every year between 17 and 25 of the...

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