2020 Losar Festival
2020 Losar Festival will be from February 24th to 26th. 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 Spirits! 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: one Departure only on 2020 February 22nd
A confirmation of 20 days prior to departure is needed for applying Tibet Travel Permits
|Festival Date||2020 February 24th to 26th|
|Arrive||Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China|
|Departure||Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China|
|Activity||Culture sightseeing, Tibetan Festival|
Minimum 8 people, maximum 16 people
Arrive in Lhasa
Overnight: Dekang Hotel | Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner
Potala Palace , the winter palace of the Dalai Lama dominates the skyline of Lhassa atop the crest of Marpo Ri hill, the seventh-century Potala is considered Lhasa’s holiest destination for a pilgrimage. Going up the hill, a stone path leads to the 14-story, 1,000-room. Each day, thousands of pilgrims give the prayer wheels a clockwise spin as they make their way to the entrance.
The Jokhang Temple is the home of the statutes of the revered Buddha, Shakyamuni. While all Buddhist statues are adorned with colorful brocade, pearls, turquoise, coral, and silver, solid gold bowls of holy water rest before Shakyamuni as well as offerings of Yuan (money) and khatas (scarves) left by pilgrims.
Then after we will stroll around in the Barkhor street
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. Yamdrok Lake is revered as a talisman and is said to be part of the life-spirit of the Tibetan nation which according to the legend that if the largest lake in southern Tibet were to dry, then Tibet would no longer be habitable. Here, “the largest lake in southern Tibet” means Yamdrok Lake
Overnigh | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner