2019 Shoton Festival
Drepung and Sera monasteries will be the two major locations that to held the main ceremony of Thangkar unfolding during 2019 Shoton Festival. “Shoton” is translated as ‘Yogurt Festival’ in Tibetan. Traditionally, monks are required to remain sequestered in their monasteries for the ascetic practice of Bbuddhism. People from their families prepared sour milk for them to drink with dancing following their period of confinement. In the early 17th century, the Shoton festival became a joint performance with Tibetan operas. Tibetan artists from all over Tibet came together in Norbu Lingka to have a performance competition lasting several days. During this period, the Drepung Monastery held a large portrait of Buddha displaying ceremony, Thangkar Unfolding.
- Departure Date: one Departure on 2019 August 27th
- A 30 days prior to the festival is needed for applying Tibet Travel Permits
|Festival date:||2019 August 29th to 31st|
|Arrive||Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China|
|Departure||Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China|
Minimum 8 people, Maximum 16 people
Arrive in Lhasa
Overnight: Dekang Hotel | Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner
Aug 28 - Lhasa
Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, which dominates the skyline of Lhasa on top of 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 lining the path a clockwise spin as they make their way to the entrance.
The Jokhang Temple is home of the statues of the revered Buddha, Shakyamuni. While all Buddhist statutes are magnificently 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
Aug 29 - Lhasa, Shoton festival - the Thangkar unfolding
Aug 30 - Lhasa
Sera Monastery is one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa. It is located at the foot of Hill Tatipu. It is as prestigious as Drepung and Ganden, which had a long history. Sera in Tibetan means “Wild Rose Garden” since opulent wild rose woods once grew around it.
Chaqi monastery, which is supposed to help make people wealthy, and Nechung Monastery the seat of Nechung, Tibet’s State Oracle. Major decisions of the state are made in consultation with the Nechung Oracle.
Aug 31 - Lhasa departure
Overnigh | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner
2019 Shoton Festival Program:
- begin from 08:00am – 13:30pm, at Drepung monastery on 2019 August 29th
- Begin from 09:30am – 15:30pm, at Sera monastery on 2019 August 30th
Tibetan Play Begin from 11:00am, at Luobu lingka
Linka means a picnic in the woods during summer time, it is one occasion that people gather together to relax, dancing and singing together