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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 2022. Check the following calendar and start your dreamy festival tours of Tibet!

Tibet Festival in 2022

Tibetan Festivals Tibetan Calendar 2022 Solar Calendar 2021 Solar Calendar 2020 Solar Calendar 2019 Solar Calendar Active Region
Tibetan New Year/Losar Festival (The most important one) Jan 01 Mar 3 Feb 12 Feb 24 Feb 05 TAR
The Monlam Prayer Festival Jan 05 Mar 7 Feb 16 / / Jokhang Temple
Butter Lantern Festival Jan 15 Mar 18 Feb 27 Mar 10 Feb 19 Jokhang Temple
Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival Between Jan. and Feb. / Mar 23 to Apr 20 Mar 20 Mid-mar to early Apr. Nyingchi
Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival Apr 10 Jun 9 May 21 Jun 02 Jun 12 Tsurphu Monastery
Saga Dawa Festival (The holiest one) Apr 15 Jun 14 May 26 Jun 15 Jun 17 TAR
Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival May 14 to 16 / Jun 24 to Jun 26 Jul 04 Jul 14 to Jul 16 Tashilhunpo Monastery
Lingka Festival (Zamling Chisang) May 15 Jul 13 Jun 24 Jul 05 Jul 16 Norbulingka
Gyangtse Horse Racing Festival(Gyantse Damar Festival) Apr 19 Jul 20 Jul 20 Jul 20 Jul 20 Gyangtse
Chokor Duchen Festival Jun 04 Aug 1 Jul 14 Not yet issued Aug 04 TAR
Ganden Thangka Festival Jun 15 Aug 12 Jul 24 Jul 29 Aug 15 Gandan Monastery
Nagqu Horse Racing Festival / Aug 1-15 Aug 10 Aug 10 Aug 10 Nagqu
Shoton Festival (The most popular one) Jun 30 Aug 27 Aug 8 Aug 20 Aug 30 TAR
Drak Yerpa Thangka Festival Jul 10 Sep 5 / / Sept 08 Drak Yerpa 
Damxung Horse Racing Festival Jul 10 to Jul 12 Sep 5-7 / Aug 08 Aug 20 Damxung
Bathing Festival Jul 08 / Aug 14 Aug 26 Sep 04  to Sep 10 TAR
Ongkor Festival Between Jul. and Aug. End of Sep End of Sep Jul 22 End of Sept TAR
Buddha's Descent Day(Lhabab Duchen) Sept 22 Nov 19 Oct 22 Nov 07 Nov 19 TAR
Tibetan New Year in Kongbo Area Oct 01 Nov 24 / Nov 16 Nov 27 Nyingchi
Palden Lhamo Festival Oct 15 Dec 7 Dec 15 Not yet issued Nov 23 Lhasa
Galdan Namchot Oct 25 Dec 18 Dec 29 Dec 10 Dec 21 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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