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Tibetan Festivals

There are numerous grand festivals held in Tibet every year, such as Tibetan New Year, Shoton Festival, Saga Dawa Festival... During the holidays in Tibet, it is the best time for tourists to experience Tibetan culture.

The main Tibetan festivals have strong religious characteristics. No matter what kind of festivals, they are closely related to Tibetan Buddhism. Activities such as pilgrimage, sacrificial offerings, prayers, and unfolding Buddhism images have penetrated into various holidays in Tibet. Nowadays, with the progress of the times and the continuous development of Tibet's tourism industry, the entertainment component of Tibetan holidays is becoming more and more intense. But no matter how it changes, during the festival of Tibet, it's the best time to explore local traditions and customs. See also important Tibetan festivals and events.

Great Tibet Tour has sorted out Tibetan Festivals in 2023. Check the following calendar and start your dreamy festival tours of Tibet!

Tibet Festival in 2023

Tibetan Festivals 2023 Solar Calendar Tibetan Calendar Venue
Tibetan New Year/Losar Festival (The most important one) Feb 21 Jan 1 TAR
Monlam Prayer Festival Feb 24 - Mar 7 Early Jan Jokhang Temple
Butter Lantern Festival Mar 7 Jan 15 Jokhang Temple
Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival May 30 Apr 10 Tsurphu Monastery
Saga Dawa Festival (The holiest one) Jun 4 Apr 15 TAR
Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival Jul 2 - Jul 4 May 14 to 16 Tashilhunpo Monastery
Gyangtse Horse Racing Festival(Gyantse Damar Festival) Jul 17 Mid Apr Gyantse
Samye Dhoede(Zamling Chisang) / May 14 Samye Monastery
Chokor Duchen Festival Jul 21 Jun 4 TAR
Ongkor Festival Jul 21 - Aug 15 Jun 4 - Jun 20 TAR
Nagqu Horse Racing Festival Aug 1 / Nagqu
Ganden Thangka Festival / Jun 15 Gandan Monastery
Shoton Festival (The most popular one) Aug 16 Jun 30 - Jul 6 TAR
Bathing Festival Sep 9 - Sep 15 Jul 25 - Aug 1 Lhasa
Drak Yerpa Thangka Festival / Jul 10 Drak Yerpa 
Damxung Horse Racing Festival / Jul 10 Damxung
Buddha's Descent Day(Lhabab Duchen) Nov 4 Sept 22 TAR
Tibetan New Year in Kongbo Area Nov 14 Oct 1 Nyingchi
Palden Lhamo Festival(Fairy Day) Nov 24 Oct 12 Lhasa
Galdan Namchot(Tsongkhapa Butter Lamp Festival) Dec 7 Oct 25 Lhasa

Top 3 Tibetan Festivals

Losar Festival - Tibetan New Year
Losar Festival - Tibetan New Year

Losar Festival - Tibetan New Year

Tibetan Losar is the most important festival for Tibetan people. What is Losar? When is Losar? How do Tibetan people celebrate Losar? Check this post and find the answer.

Losar Festival - Tibetan New Year
Saga Dawa Festival
Saga Dawa Festival

Saga Dawa Festival

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

Saga Dawa Festival
Shoton Festival
Shoton Festival

Shoton Festival

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

Shoton Festival

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