Dates of Tibetan Festivals are traditionally based on lunar calendar, the lunar calendar is calculated each year by astrologers from Mentse Khang (Tibetan Traditional Medicine Centre). Normally a year contain12 months, but the missing or addition of an extra intercalary month for astrological reasons is not uncommon. So the festivals dates are vary in every year. Generally Tibetan Lunar month is about two months behind the western calendar.
|Tibetan New Year||All Tibetan areas||Tibetan New Year is characterized especially by dancing, music, and a general spirit of merrymaking.||Feb. 16|
|The Monlam Prayer Festival||Jokhang Monastery||Monks perform traditional Tibetan Buddhist dances during Monlam Prayer Festival, and cakes are made with butter sculptures.||Feb. 19|
|The Butter Lamp Festival||Lhasa||People sing and dance throughout the night, and thousands of lights are kept burning until dawn.||Mar. 2|
|The Thangka Unveiling at Tashilunpo||Tashilunpo Monastery||The big Thangka with a Buddha image on it is unfolded, and the people all gather in front of the Thangka to pray.||Jun. 28|
|Zamling Chisang||Lhasa||Tibetans gather together to burn incense to worship Buddha.||Jun. 28|
|Saga Dawa||Lhasa||Saga Dawa is the peak time to worship Buddha for Tibetans, and a peak time for pilgrimages.||May. 29|
|The Gyantse Horse Race Festival||Gyantse||This festival is held in Gyantse, a county southwest of Lhasa with horse racing, Tibetan opera, ball games, etc.||Jul. 20|
|Choekor Duechen / Tukbe Tseshi||Lhasa||Tibetans wear festival clothes to celebrate this festival and walk around a mountain and lake clockwise.||Jul. 16|
|Samye Dhoede||Samye Monastery||Monks wear festival clothes and masks, and dance to drive away bad things and devils.||Jun. 28|
|The Ganden Thangka Showing||Ganden Monastery
|A big Thangka with a Buddha image on it is unveiled at Ganden Monastery.||Aug. 27|
|The Nagqu Horse Race Festival||Nagqu||An important event in northern Tibet, everyone dresses in their finest and most colorful clothing.||Aug. 1|
|Shoton Festival||Lhasa||A big thangka with an image of Buddha on it is unveiled at Drepung Monastery. People enjoy yoghourt together on this day.||Aug. 11|
|Karma Dunba (The Bathing Festival)||Lhasa||Tibetans take a bath together in the river to drive away illness.||Aug. 9|
|Lhabab Duechen||Lhasa||Buddha is said to return to earth on this day. Tibetans burn incenses in monasteries and pray.||Nov. 10|
|Palden Lhamo Festival||Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Street||The statue of the wrathful deity Palden Lhamo is carried at the head of a parade on Barkhor Street.||Nov. 23|
|Ganden Nga-Choe||Lhasa||People celebrate this festival by lighting butter lamps.||Feb. 10|
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Visit Beijing, Xian and Shanghai to see the past, present and future of China, and enjoy the marvelous landscape of Guilin. Have a great time with the cute Giant Panda and enjoy a leisure time in Chengdu. Set your foot on the sacred land of Tibet, experience the grandiose palace and holy temple in Lhasa.