Category Archives: celebration

Saga Dawa Festival ས་ག་ཟླ་བ་

Saga Dawa Festival – translated from ས་ག་ཟླ་བ་ meaning ‘the fourth month’ is the most holy period in the Tibetan Calendar forming ‘the month of merits’. Saga Dawa or ‘the fourth month’ is the longest religious celebration in Tibet spanning an entire month. Usually occuring around the end of May or middle of June (depending on the […]

Tsurphu ‘Cham Dance’ Festival འཆམ་

Tsurphu translated from འཆམ་ – known as the ‘Cham Dance Festival’  is an energetic religious event held in Tibet. Tsurphu or The Cham Dance festival, falls on the 10th day of the forth month in Tibetan Calendar. In 2018 it began on May 24th.In 2019 it will begin on the June 12th. It is held at […]

Chunga Choepa ‘Butter Lantern Festival’ བཅོ་ལྔ་མཆོད་པ་

Chunga Choepa translated from བཅོ་ལྔ་མཆོད་པ་ – known as ‘Butter Lantern Festival’ is an important religious event in Tibet. Chunga Choepa or The Butter Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar. In 2018 it began on March 2nd.In 2019 it will begin on February 19th. It is one of […]

Monlam ‘The Great Prayer Festival’ སྨོན་ལམ་

Monlam translated from སྨོན་ལམ་ – meaning ‘wish path’ is known more commonly as ‘The Great Prayer Festival’. It is a highly important religious event in Tibet. The event of Monlam or ‘The Great Prayer Festival’ in Tibet falls between the 4th–11th day of the 1st Tibetan month. In 2018 it began on February 2nd.In 2019 […]

Losar ‘Tibetan New Year’ ལོ་གསར་

Tibetan New Year – translated from ལོ་གསར་ meaning ‘Losar’ is the most important celebration in the Tibetan Calendar. Losar or Tibetan New Year predates the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet. It has roots in a winter incense-burning custom of the Bon religion. During the reign of the ninth Tibetan king, Pude Gungyal (617-698). It is said that […]