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Tibet: Festivals


Tibetan New Year February 14
Butter Lamp Festival February 28
Saka Dawa Festival May 27
Thanka Unveiling at Drepung June 26
Thanka Unveiling at Ganden July 25
Shoton (Yogurt) Festival August 10-15
Bathing Festival Last ten days of September


Shoton (Yogurt) Festival:
This 5-day festival highlights Buddha paintings, Tibetan opera, dances, and yak races.  The famous tangka portraying Qamba Buddha is unveiled at a special ceremony at the Drepung Monastery for a short two hours with thousands of spectators.  The opera performances can be seen at Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

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