What is the most attractive highlight in Tibet? Some people may be interested in Tibetan charming scenery, special Tibetan style food, and unique Tibetan building. However, a large great number of travelers are fond of traditional Tibetan cultures and customs. What’s the best way to know more about Tibetan local cultures and customs? It’s no doubt that having a Tibet festival tour is the best answer to this question. Festival is the spirit of an ethnic group, which stands for the basic belief and faith. As the root of a region, the festival plays an important role to inherit and spread the local traditions by holding grand ceremonies. As one of the minority nationality regions, Tibet provides a great platform for tourists to explore the traditional cultures and customs.

There are numerous grand festivals held in Tibet every year, especially in the peak tourist season. The days of celebration are varied differently. Some festivals may last one or two days, such as the Butter Lamp Festival, Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival, etc. While some may last at least one week, such as the Tibetan New Year Festival (Losar), Saga Dawa Festival, Shonton Festival, Horse Racing Fair and Archery Festival, Bathing Festival of Tibet, Bumper Harvest Festival, etc.

Do you want to witness these grand Tibetan festivals? Are you ready to have a Tibet festival tour? Great Tibet tour can provide you various Tibetan festival tour packages, which can make you have a deep understanding of local Tibetan culture. Check the following Tibetan festivals and start your dreamy tour of Tibet!

Great Tibet Tour sorted out the new calendar of 2020 and 2019 Tibetan festivals

Tibetan Festivals Tibetan Calendar 2020 Solar Calendar 2019 Solar Calendar 2018 Solar Calendar Active Region

Tibetan New Year
(The most important one)

Jan.1 Feb. 24 Feb.5 Feb.16 TAR
Butter Lantern Festival Jan. 15 Feb. 8 Feb. 19 Mar. 2 Jokhang Temple
Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival Between Jan. and Feb. Not yet issued Mid-mar to early Apr. Mar.25 Nyingchi
Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival Apr.10 Jun. 2 Jun.12 May.24 Tsurphu Monastery

Saga Dawa Festival
(The holiest one)

Apr.15 Jun. 15 Jun.17 May.29 TAR
Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival May 14 to 16 Jul. 4 Jul.14 to Jul.16 Jun.26 Tashilhunpo Monastery
Chokor Duchen Festival Jun.4 Not yet issued Aug.4 Jul.16 TAR
Gyangtse Horse Racing Festival / Jul. 20 Aug. Jul.20 Gyangtse
Ganden Thangka Festival Jun.15 Jul. 29 Aug.15 Jul.27 Gandan Monastery
Nagqu Horse Racing Festival Jun. Not yet issued Aug.10 Aug.10 Nagqu

Shoton Festival
(The most popular one)

Jul.1 Aug. 20 Aug.30 Aug.11 TAR
Samye Dolde 
(Samye Festival)
/ Not yet issued / / Samye Monastery
Drak Yerpa Thangka Festival Jul.10 Not yet issued Sept.8 Aug.20 Drak Yerpa 
Damxung Horse Racing Festival Jul.10 to Jul.12 Not yet issued Aug.20 Aug.20 Damxung
Bathing Festival Jul.8 Aug. 26 Sep.4  to Sep.10 Sept.16 TAR
Ongkor Festival Between Jul. and Aug. Not yet issued End of Sept End of Sept TAR
Buddha's Descent Day Sept.22 Not yet issued Nov.19 Oct.31 TAR
Tibetan New Year in Kongbo Area Oct. 1 Nov. 16 Nov. 27 Nov. 7 Nyingchi
Palden Lhamo Festival Oct.15 Not yet issued Nov.23 Nov.23 Lhasa
Butter Lamp Festival Oct.25 Dec. 10 Dec.21 Dec.2 Lhasa

Top 3 Tibetan Festivals

Saga Dawa Festival

The Saga Dawa Festival is considered highly significant in Tibet. It's celebrated during the fourth month of the Tibetan Calendar, for remembering the birthday, enlightenment, and death of Sakyamuni.

Shoton Festival

This post introduces one of the most important festivals in Tibet, the Shoton Festival, including the history, venue, and what you can expect during it, help travelers explore Tibetan culture and Buddhism.

Losar Festival - Tibetan New Year

Tibetan New Year, called as “Losar” as well, is the most important festival for Tibetan people. Where does it come from? When is Losar? What activities are there during Losar Festival? How do Tibetan people celebrate for Losar? Check this post and find the answer.

Most Recommended Tibetan Festival Tour Packages

Horse Racing Festival
There're very grand events at the foot of Mt. Kailash during the Saga Dawa Festival.
Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse - EBC – Saga – Darchen - Mt Kailash Kora – Lake Manasarovar - Saga – Shigatse – Lhasa

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