Festivals

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 tourism season. The days of celebration are varied differently. Some festivals may last one or two days, such as Butter Lamp Festival, Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival, etc. While some may last at least one week, such as 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? We Great Tibet tour can provide you varies of 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 2018 Tibetan festivals

Tibetan Festivals 2018 Solar Calendar Active Region

Tibetan New Year
(The most important)

Feb.16 TAR
Butter Lantern Festival Mar.2 Jokhang Monastery
Nyinchi Peach Blossom Festival Mar 25 Nyinchi
Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival May.24 Tsurphu Monastery

Saga Dawa Festival
(The holiest one)

May.29 TAR
Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival Jun.26 Tashilhunpo Monastery
Chokor Duchen Festival Jul.16 TAR
Gyangtse Horse Racing Festival Jul.20 Gyangtse
Ganden Thangka Festival Jul.27 Gandan Monastery
Nagqu Horse Racing Festival Aug.10 Nagqu

Shoton Festival
(The most popular)

Aug.11 TAR
Drak Yerpa Monastrey Cham Dance Festival Aug.20 Drak Yerpa Monastrey
Damxung Horse Racing Festival Aug.20 Damxung
Bathing Festival Sept.16 TAR
Ongkor Festival End of Sept TAR
Buddha's Descent Day Oct.31 TAR
Kongpo and Ngari Area's New Year Festival Nov.8 Kongpo & Ngari
Palden Lhamo Festival Nov.23 Lhasa
Tsongkhapa Butter Lamp Festival 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.

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You will witness a feverish celebration of the Saga Dawa Festival around Mt. Kailash

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.

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Saga Dawa Festival 2017 celebrated at Mt Kailash

Saga Dawa Festival celebrated at Mt Kailash

Saga Dawa Festival is usually celebrated at Mt Kailash. The famous Tarboche Flagpole, a huge pole that lies on the Kailash Kora route, would be replaced with new prayer flags and raised up again. Local Tibetans circumambulated the Tarboche Flagpole in clockwise direction to welcome the newly rising flagpole.

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Butter Lamp Festival

Butter Lamp Festival

The Butter Lamp Festival was held on the 15th of the first month in Tibetan Calendar. It’s a tradition that commemorates all of Buddha’s miracles. You will feel a happy atmosphere during that Festival.

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Tibetan New Year

Tibetan Festivals Calendar of 2018

We list the 2018 calendar of Tibetan festivals. Losar Festival, Saga Dawa Festival, Gyantse Horse Racing Festival, Shoton Festival, etc. Let’s see what you can meet when traveling in Tibet in 2018.

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Shorton festival is a big festival in Lhasa area.

Tibetan 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.

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Tibetan New Year

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.

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Gyantse Horse Racing Festival

Gyantse Horse Racing Festival

Located in the upstream of Nyangqu River, a tributary of the Yarlung Zangbo River, Gyantse is a Historical and cultural city of over one thousand years history. The Horse Racing Festival held in this ancient land is a great chance to enjoy the beautiful landscape there.

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In spring, bunches of the wild peach flowers are blooming on the plain, accompany with the snow-capped mountains in the distance and the blue sky above the head

Nyingchi Peach Flower Festival – Smile with Your Lover in Blooming Flower Bush

With the lowest elevation in Tibet, Nyingchi has the same stunning scenery as Switzerland. Especially in March – April, the peach flowers are blooming in the mountain. Do you want a journey with your lover to the most romantic place in Tibet?

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Damgxung Horse Racing Festival

Damgxung Horse Racing Festival

Introduce the Horse Racing Festival in Damgxung, including the name, venue, activities, and opening time in 2017, help travelers know more about Tibetan culture and plan a Tibet tour to attend the festival in person.

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Ganden Thangka Showing Festival 5

Ganden Thangka Showing Festival

As one of the top 3 monasteries in Lhasa, Ganden Monastery was founded by Tsongkhapa who is a great master and the founder of Gelug sect in Tibetan Buddhism. Ganden Thangka Showing Festival is a traditional feast which attracted thousands of pilgrims and visitors every year. Take a journey of discovery and spirituality to the temple and have an excellent experience in the holy land of Tibet.

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