Tibetan Festival Dates
The Tibetan festivals are set considering the lunar calendar, so travelers need to check the dates before planning their trip if they wish to attend any of these celebrations. The Tibetan culture is unique and rich in stories to tell to those interested in exploring new cultures.
The list below presents the most important festivals that take place in Tibet, but there are many other festivals celebrated by Tibetans, each of them having its own special meaning. We decided to underline the celebrations and events we believe to be the most important.
Journeys to Tibet usually include tour packages in the autonomous regions of Amdo and Kham, so we focused on the festivals that take place here.
If you want to know more about local events and festivals, as well as the dates and locations to attend them, you just need to contact us and we’ll put together the best festival tour package for you.
Tibetan Festival Dates Table
|Festival Names||Places||Tibetan Calendar||2016||2017|
|Tibetan New Year||All Tibetan Places||Jan 1 – Jan 15||Feb 9 – Feb 22||Feb 27 – Feb 12|
|The Monlam Prayer Festival||Lhasa||Dec 25||Feb 3||Feb 21|
|Thangka Unveiling||Shigatse||Jul 18|
|Zamling Jisang||Lhasa||Jul 19|
|Saga Dawa Festival||Mt. Kailash||April 15||May 21||Jun 9|
|Shaman’s Festival||Rebgong||Jun 1 – Jun 15|
|Gyangtse Horse Racing Festival||Gyangtse||Jul 20|
|Shoton Festival||Lhasa||Jul 1 – Jul 8||Sept 2 – Sept 9|
|Choekhor Duechen (Festival)||Lhasa||Aug 6|
|Samye Duechen (Festival)||Samye Monatstery||Jul 19|
|Nagchu Horse Racing Festival||Nagchu||Aug 1|
|Lhabab Duechen (Festival)||Lhasa||Sept 22||Nov 20||Nov 10|
|Palden Lhamo Duechen (Festival)||Lhasa||Dec 13|
|Ganden Ngachoe Festival||Lhasa||Oct 25||Dec 23||Dec 12|