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Festival and Events

There are many different festivals, mostly based on Buddhism in Tibet. Tibetan New Year is the most important and popular festival in Tibet. Known as Losar, the festival is celebrated from the 1st- 3rd of the first Tibetan month on the Tibetan Calendar (February). Specially made offerings are offered to family shrine deities. Doors are painted with religious symbols and other painstaking jobs are done to prepare for the event. After dressing up, people "open" their doors with prayers and go to monasteries. People visit their neighbors and exchange their blessings (Tashi Delek) in the first two days. Celebration is the theme during the session. On the third day, old prayer flags will be replaced with new ones. Other folk activities may be held in some areas to celebrate the events.