Monday, February 27, 2017


Losar Tashi Delek
Tibetan New Year, is a three-day festival that mixes sacred and secular practices -- prayers, ceremonies, hanging prayer flags, sacred and folk dancing, partying and is the most widely celebrated of all festivals representing a time for all things to be purified and renewed. The date of Losar changes from year to year in accordance with the Tibetan lunar calendar. This year Losar began on February 27th.

("The Wheel of Life" see link)

During the month before Losar, the eight auspicious symbols and other signs are drawn on walls with white powder. In monasteries, protector deities, dharmapalas and wrathful deities, are honored with devotional rituals.

(Palden Lhamo see link)
On the last day of the year, monasteries are elaborately decorated. In homes, cakes, candies, breads, fruits and beer are offered on family altars.

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other high lamas gather in a ceremony to make offerings to the high dharma protectors, in particular the dharmapala Palden Lhamo. 

The day includes sacred dances and debates of Buddhist philosophy.The second day of Losar, called Gyalpo or "King's" Losar, is for honoring community and national leaders. Long ago it was a day for kings to hand out gifts at public festivals. In Dharamsala, His Holiness the Dalai Lama exchanges greetings with officials of the Tibetan government in exile and with visiting foreign dignitaries. This ends the spiritual observance of Losar. However, the subsequent parties may go on for another 10 to 15 days!

"Tibetan Mantras for Troubled Times"
(1 hour)


Palden Lhamo 

Tibet House
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Nancy said...

Thank you for another insightful post Michelle :)

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