Religious in Lhasa

Saga Dawa

The 15th day (full moon) of the fourth lunar month sees huge numbers of pilgrims walking and prostrating along the Lingkhor and Barkhor pilgrim circuits. Follow the locals’ cue and change ¥10 into a fat wad of one-m…
Religious in Lhasa

Shötun Festival

The first week of the seventh lunar month sees the unveiling of a giant thangka at Drepung Monastery; festivities then move down to Sera and to the Norbulingka for performances of lhamo (Tibetan opera) and some epic…
Religious in Lhasa

Tsongkhapa Festival

Much respect is shown to Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa order, on the anniversary of his death on the 25th day of the 10th lunar month. Check for processions and monk dances at the monasteries at Ganden, Ser…
Religious in Lhasa

Drepung Festival

The 30th day of the sixth lunar month is celebrated with the hanging at dawn of a huge thangka at Drepung Monastery. Lamas and monks perform opera in the main courtyard.
Religious in Lhasa

Chökor Düchen

This festival on the fourth day of the six lunar month commemorates Buddha's first sermon at the Deep Park in Sarnath. Lhasa residents trek up to the summit of Gambo Ütse Ri, the high peak behind Drepung Monastery. …
Religious in Lhasa

Palden Lhamo

The 15th day of the 10th lunar month (normally November) has a procession around the Barkhor Circuit bearing Palden Lhamo, protective deity of the Jokhang Temple.
Religious in Lhasa

Worship of the Buddha

During the second week of the fifth lunar month, the parks of Lhasa, in particular the Norbulingka, are crowded with picnickers.