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Tibetan festivals are based on the Tibetan calendar, of which varies every year in solar calendar. Their exact solar date is calculated each year a few months prior by astrologers from Mentse Khang, aka. Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, which in charges of researching for Tibetan medicine and calculating Tibetan calendar.

On the internet, there are various versions of the exact dates of Tibetan festivals in 2017, which is very confusing. But here at Great Tibet Tour, we try our best to provide you the most accurate ones which are doubled-checked.

At the moment, those below in BOLD are confirmed correct; others are for reference, waiting for further confirmation.

Festival Solar Calendar Venue Events  

Losar
(Tibetan New Year)

27 Feb 2017 All Tibetan areas

Losar, aka. Tibetan New Year is a colourful time to be in Lhasa. Tibetan opera is preformed and streets are thronged with Tibetans in their finest cloaks. Prayer ceremonies take place at Jokhang Temple and Nechung Monastery and new prayer flags are hung.

 
Nyinchi Peach Blossom Festival 25 Mar 2017 Nyingchi Every year in spring, hundreds of thousands tourists come to join Nyingch Peach Blossom Festival. The peach blossom period in Nyinchi is from March 25 to April 20. You will not only enjoy the lovely peach blossom but also have fun with activities such as whistling, princess' wedding, peach and other folk activities.  
Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival 04 Jun 2017 Tsurphu Monastery Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival commemorates the famous Indian monk Padmasambhava, who traveled to Tibet and neighboring countries in the 8th century to spread the teachings of Buddhism.Tibetan people travel to Tshurpu Monastery to watch the Lamas engage in a masked dance known as a Cham. The Lamas perform the Cham in celebration of Padmasambhava, who some regard as an emanation of the second Buddha. The Lamas perform several traditional dances, including the dance of the eight manifestations of Padmasambhava, based on the eight forms he is said to have taken during his life. Each form represents a different aspect of his being, such as wrath or pacification.  
Saga Dawa Festival 09 Jun 2017 Lhasa & Mt Kailash Saga Dawa is Sakyamuni’s conception, enlightenment and entry into nirvana. Huge numbers of pilgrims walk Lhasa’s Lingkhor circuit and visit Mt Kailash, where the Tarboche prayer pole is raised each year.  
Thangka Unveiling at Tashilhunpo 08 Jul 2017 Tashilunpo Monastery Tashilhunpo becomes the scene of three days of festivities. A huge thangka is unveiled at dawn and cham dances are performed.  
Samye Dolde 
(Samye Festival)
09 Jul 2017 Samye Monastery Held over two or three days, the main events here are elaborate ritual ceremonies and cham dancing in front of the Utse. Tibetans spend overnights at Samye and see religious dances, most of people also go to circumambulate holy mountains by carrying holy scriptures on their shoulder all the way in order to wash out sins and earn merits for their present and future life  
Gyantse Horse Race Festival 10 Jul 2017 Gyantse This largely secular festival in Gyantse, featuring such fun and games as line dances, yak races, archery and equestrian events. A large 480-year old thangka is unfurled at sunrise.  
Ganden Thangka Showing Festival 01 Aug 2017 Ganden Monastery Ganden Monastery displays its 25 holiest relics, which are normally locked away. A large offering ceremony accompanies the unveiling.  

Nagqu Horse Race Festival

08 Aug 2017 Nagqu An important event in northern Tibet, thousands of nomads head to Nagqu for a week of horse racing, archery and other traditional nomad sports.  
Damgxung Horse Racing Festival 08 Aug 2017 Damgxung Regarded as one of the most significant Horse Racing Festivals in Tibet, it's also a time for Tibetans to celebrate the harvest. After the daily competition, there is a market for them to exchange commodities.  
Shoton Festival 21 Aug 2017 Lhasa Also called Yogurt Festival. This major festival starts with the dramatic unveiling of giant thangka at Drepung Monastery and then moves to Sera Monastery and then down to Nobulingka Park for performances of Tibetan opera and some epic picnics.  
Ganden Nga-Choe 
(Lotus Lantern Festival,Festival of Lights)
12 Dec 2017 Lhasa During the night Tibetan people will walk around Barkhor Circuit and visit the biggest butter lamp in front of Jokhang Temple to celebrate the anniversary of Je Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism, butter lamps are lit and left on the windowsills and rooftops.  
 
 

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