2018 Losar Festival
2018 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.
Departure Date Overview
One departure only on 2018 February 14th
|Festival date||2018 February 16th to February 18th|
|Arrive||on 14th Feb 2018 , Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China|
|Departure||on 18th Feb 2018 , Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China|
|Activity||Culture sightseeing, Tibetan Festival|
|Group size||Minimum 3 people, maximum 12 people;
Private group departure is available, please Contact Us for Group departure price
|Lhasa Hotel||Tashi Nota Hotel, View hotel comments on Tripadvisor|
|Vehicle||7 seats vehicle, View vehicle image
|Private departure||Available, pleae contact us for costs and arrangements|
2018 Feburary 14th Arrive in Lhasa
Arrive in Lhasa airport, where you’ll be picked up and taken to your hotel. In the afternoon to visit Nrophuk link park, which is the summer palace of a former Dalai lama.
2018 Feburary 15th Lhasa
We will Visit Sera, Drepung, Nechung monasteries
Sera, one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa, sits at the foot of Hill Tatipu. It is as prestigious as Drepung and Ganden, which had a longer history. Sera in Tibetan means Wild Rose Garden since opulent wild rose woods once grew around it.
Drepung monastery. Drepung once housed 10,000 monks, If we’re lucky, we’ll quietly ease into a dark columned hall to see and hear the lilting, booming chanting of the sutras, or perhaps sit under a willow tree and watch as the monks engage in theatrical debate. Nechung Monastery the seat of Nechung, Tibet’s State Oracle. Major decisions of the state are made in consultation with the Nechung Oracle.
2018 Feburary 16th Lhasa: Tibetan New Year Day – The Losar Day
Today is the Tibetan New Year day, The Tibetan calendar starting from 1027.A.D. The first day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar is New Year’s Day. This is the grandest festival in Tibet. According to the custom of Tibetans of which praying at the first day of the year, almost all people gather to Jorkhang temple to pray for a new start in the year. In the afternoon, you can visit the Drepung monastery. This monastery once housed 10,000 monks and if we’re lucky, we’ll ease into a dark columned hall to see and hear the lilting, booming chanting of the sutras or sit under a willow tree and watch as the monks engage in theatrical debate.
2018 Feburary 17th Lhasa: An excursion to Drak Yerpa Caves & Yamdrok Lake
Drak Yerpa cave was built on a hillside with more than 80 meditation caves. Drak Yerpa is described as the “life tree” or spiritual axis of Lhasa. The site had a powerful spiritual heritage was visited by Songsten Gampo, Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsoygel, Padampa Sanggye, and Asisha. It was the home of some hermits, monks, and nuns. Tucci in 1949 describes it as follows: “Yerpa appeared suddenly before my eyes as a bend in the road, a cascade of small white buildings along steep, overgrown cliffs. You would think you weren’t in Tibet. Giant junipers and tufts of rhododendron topped a thick tangle of undergrowth, brushwood and grass victoriously fighting the hard barrenness of rocks. The cliffs were riddled with burrows and caves, some of which were so high up on an abrupt hill that it would have been risky to climb them.” For those with a particular interest in Tibetan Buddhism, Drak Yerpa hermitage is one of the holiest cave retreats in the Ü Region. Many ascetics have sojourned here and contributed to the area’s sanctity. The site is peaceful and has stunning views.
In the afternoon we will explore the Yamdrok Lake which is one of four holy lakes, the other three are Lhamo La-tso Lake, Namtso Lake and Manasarovar Lake. It is revered as a talisman and is said to be part of the life-spirit of the Tibetan nation. If the largest lake in southern Tibet were to dry, then Tibet would no longer be habitable. The lake has nine islands, of which one houses the famous Samding Monastery. This monastery is interesting, as is the only Tibetan monastery headed by a female re-incarnation. Since it is not a nunnery, its female abbot heads a community of about thirty monks.
2018 Feburary 18th Lhasa Departure
Your tour ends today, you’ll be driven to the airport for departure.