2018 Tibet Festivals

Dates of 2017 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 09

Feb 27

Feb 16

Monlam Prayer Festival


 Feb 23

Mar 11

Feb 23

Butter Oil Lantern Festival

Almost all Tibet

 Feb 23

Mar 11

Mar 11

Saga Dawa

Almost all Tibet

 May 21

June 9

May 29

Gyantse Horse Racing Festival (Gyantse Damag)


July 18

July 8

July 18

Tashi Lhunpo Thangka Display


July 17

July 17


Zamling Chisang / Samye Dolde

Samye Monastery

July 19

July 9


Chokor Duchen Festival

Almost all Tibet

 Aug 6

July 27

July 16

Ganden Thangka Display

Ganden Monastery

Aug 18

Aug 7


Shoton Festival


 Sept 1 - 7

Aug 21 -27

Aug 11 - 26

Nachu Horse Racing


Aug 10 - 16

Aug 10-16

Aug 10-16

Lhabab Duchen Festival

Almost all Tibet

 Nov 20

Nov 10

Oct 31

Pal Lhamo Festival


 Dec 13

Dec 3

Nov 26

Ganden Ngacho

Almost all Tibet

 Dec 23

Dec 12

Dec 2

Labrang Monlam Festival



Sept 02


Lithang Horse Racing Festival ( Not permanent)



Aug 01

 Aug 10

Jye Kundo (Yushu) Horse Racing Festival


July 25th

July 25

July 25


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