2019-2020 Tibet Festival Calendar

Dates of 2019 Tibetan Festivals are traditionally based on lunar calendar, the lunar calendar is calculated each year by astrologers from Mentse Khang (Tibetan Traditional Medicine Centre). Normally a year contain12 months, but the missing or addition of an extra intercalary month for astrological reasons is not uncommon. So the festivals dates are vary in every year. Generally Tibetan Lunar month is about two months behind the western calendar.

Most of the Tibetan festivals on the Tibetan plateaus are deeply connected with their strong Buddhist influence or rich ancestral culture. During the festivals, all the people wear traditional costume and perform different traditional dances and ritual activities. Festival is the best way to experience the breathing culture and tradition of the local and their ethnical affinity. Many Tibetan festivals are traditoinally held throughout the Tibetan calendar - some are nationwide and others applicable to a certain area only.

Name of the Festival

Active Place




Tibetan New Year (Losar)

Almost all Tibet

 Feb 24

Feb 5

Feb 16

Monlam Prayer Festival


Mar 9 

Feb 9

Feb 23

Butter Oil Lantern Festival

Almost all Tibet

 Mar 9

Feb 19

Mar 11

Saga Dawa

Almost all Tibet

 June 5

Jun 17

May 29

Gyantse Horse Racing Festival (Gyantse Damag)


Jul 20-23

July 20

July 18

Tashi Lhunpo Thangka Display


Jul 4-6

July 15


Zamling Chisang / Samye Dolde

Samye Monastery

July 5

July 16


Chokor Duchen Festival

Almost all Tibet

July 24

Aug 5

July 16

Ganden Thangka Display

Ganden Monastery

Aug 7

Aug 15


Shoton Festival


 Aug 19-26

Aug 30 -Sept 5

Aug 11 - 17

Nachu Horse Racing


Aug 10 - 16

Aug 10-16

Aug 10-16

Lhabab Duchen Festival

Almost all Tibet

 Nov 7

Nov 19

Oct 31

Pal Lhamo Festival


Dec 12

 Dec 12

Nov 26

Ganden Ngacho

Almost all Tibet

 Nov 30

Dec 21

Dec 2

Labrang Monlam Festival


Not Fixed

Feb 17


Lithang Horse Racing Festival ( Not permanent)


Aug 1-7

Aug 1

 Aug 10

Jye Kundo (Yushu) Horse Racing Festival


July 25-30

July 25

July 25

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