tibetTibetan festivals are held according to the Tibetan lunar calendar which usually lags at least a month behind Gregorian calendar. The exact dates of the festival are fixed by monasteries.

Some of the major Tibetan festivals dates and descriptions.


Festivals Name



Year End Festival “Guthu”


On the eve of the Tibetan New Year (29th of the twelfth lunar month) religious dances and other auspicious performances are held by monks in the monasteries in order to dispel the evil spirits of the past year and usher in the new one.

Tibetan New Year or ‘Losar”

16 Feb’18

The Tibetan New Year is one of the biggest festival in Tibet

Saga Dawa

29 May’18

Saga Dawa is the name of the 4th month and is one of the most important and holy festivals for the Tibetan Buddhists. The day is believed to be the day of Sakyamuni’s conception, his stepping into Buddhahood as well as the day he attained nirvana.

Tashi Lhunpo Thangka Display


The big Thangka with a Buddha image on it is unfolded, and the people all gather in front of the Thangka to pray.



Universal Prayer Festival


28 Jun’18

Tibetan people in central Tibet would go to the tops of local mountains to burn incense, hang prayer flags on tree tops, burn juniper twigs, and build bonfires to worship the Buddha and local gods. It is the festival that celebrates the founding of Samye Monastery.

Chokhor Duchen

 16 Jul’18

It celebrates the day that Buddha Sakyamuni first taught the four noble truths in Sarnath and first turned the wheel of dharmas.

Shoton Festival

11 Aug’18

Shoton Festival originates from the 11th century. The Shoton Festival also known as Yogurt festival is an annual festival during summer. It celebrates monks finishing their summer retreat.

Lhabab Duchen

10 Nov’18

The Lhabab Duechen or Duchen Festival is a Tibetan Buddhist festival that commemorates Buddha returning to earth after going to the 33 Heaven at the age of 41.

Tsongkapa Butter Lamp Festival

02 Dec’18

Anniversary of the death of Tsongkhapa, the great founder of Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetans make butter lamb offerings at home or monasteries on that day