Losar Festival is also Tibetan New Year festival. In ancient times when the peach tree would blossom, it was considered the start of a new year. Since the systematization of the Tibetan calendar in 1027 A.D. the first day of the first month is fixed as the beginning of the New Year.

On New Year’s Day, families unite and ‘auspicious dipper’ is offered, and the words ‘Tashi Delek’ are used for people to greet one another. This day is an occasion when Tibetan families reunite to expect fortune in the coming New Year and is known as Losar.

Losar festival starts from the 1st to the 3rd of the first Tibetan month. Doors are painted with religious symbols making tribute to family shrines. On New Year’s Eve, Tibetans eats barley crumbed food with their families. After dinner, it is the time of the Festival of Banishing Evil Sprits!

Torches are lit and people run and yell to rid of evil spirits in their homes. Before the dawn of the New Year’s Day, housewives get their first bucket of water to prepare breakfast. After dressing up, people open their doors and go to monasteries. On the third day, the prayer flag, which was hung up the year before will be replaced with a new one. Other activities will be held during the events.

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