Tibetan Traditional Festivals and Events

Tibetan Traditional Festival-Shoton-festival Buddha Unfolding Festival, Tibetan Shoton-festival
Tibetan Traditional Festival-Shoton-festival

If you plan your tour of Tibet well, not only will you be able to see the pristine beauty of the region, you can also participate in the numerous highly colorful Tibet Traditional festivals of the region. Hardly a day passes without some festivities, ceremonial observances or pilgrimages occurring in some part of the region or the other. Whichever festival you include in your travel itinerary, be sure to take lots of pictures. So trust us, you are going to need it.

Name of the FestivalActive Place20182017201620152014
Tibetan New Year (Losar)Almost all Tibet Feb 15 Feb 27   Feb 09Feb 19Mar 02
Monlam Prayer FestivalLhasa Feb Feb   Feb 23Feb 22Mar 05
Butter Oil Lantern FestivalAlmost all Tibet Feb Feb   Feb 23Mar 05Mar 16
Saga DawaAlmost all TibetMay June 09   May 21June 02June 13
Gyantse Horse Racing Festival (Gyantse Damag)GyantseJulyJuly  July 18July 18July 27
Tashi Lhunpo Thangka DisplayShigatseJulyJuly 08July 17July 02July 12
Zamling Chisang / Samye DoldeSamye MonasteryJulyJuly  July 19July 02July 12
Chokor Duchen FestivalAlmost all TibetAug   Aug 27 Aug 6July 20July 31
Ganden Thangka DisplayGanden MonasteryAug  Aug 01Aug 18July 31Aug 10
Shoton FestivalLhasa Sept 1 – 7 Aug 22 Sept 1 – 7Aug 14 -20Aug 25 – 30
Nachu Horse RacingNachuAug  Aug  Aug 10 – 16Aug 10-16Aug 10-16
Lhabab Duchen Festival(Buddha’s Descent Day)Almost all Tibet Nov   Nov 10  Nov 20Nov 03Nov 13
Pal Lhamo FestivalLhasa Dec   Dec 03 Dec 13Nov 25Dec 06
Ganden NgachoAlmost all Tibet Dec Dec Dec 23Dec 05Dec 16
Labrang Monlam FestivalAmdo,Labrang  Mar 3rdSept 02
Lithang Horse Racing Festival ( Not permanent)Lithang  Aug 02Aug 01 – 05
Jye Kundo (Yushu) Horse Racing FestivalYushu  July 25thJuly 25July 25

Tibetan Traditional Festivals List