Tibetan New Year (Losar) Celebration in ChaZhu Valley
on February 22, 2007

On February 22, 2007, the ChaZhu Valley community celebrated Tibetan New Year (LOSAR) in the front of the ChaZhu Valley Clinic.

The word Losar is a Tibetan word for New Year. 'LO' means year and 'SAR' means new.

 

All monks, men, women and children participated this year's Losar Celebration.

In the image, Tibetan monks are saying prayers for the Losar Celebration.

On this special occasion, rural Tibetans say their prayers all day long. In this image, people are doing Fire-Puja and throw wind-horse flyers in the air to make good wishes in the New Year.

The Wind Horse is a mythical Tibetan creature from pre-Buddhist times, which combines the speed of the wind and the strength of the horse to carry prayers from Earth to the heavens. Horses are a traditional symbol among the nomads of Tibet.

Wind horses are often found on Tibetan prayer flag, to spread their positive energy over the world via the wind.

 

About 4000 - 5000 rural Tibetan people gathered for this special occasion, the Tibetan Losar.

The celebration of Losar can be traced back to the pre-Buddhist period in Tibet. During the period when Tibetans practiced the Bon religion, every winter a spiritual ceremony was held, in which people offered large quantities of incense to appease the local spirits, deities and protectors. This religious festival later evolved into an annual Buddhist festival which is believed to have originated during the reign of Pude Gungyal, the ninth King of Tibet.

 

The festival is said to have begun when an old woman named Belma introduced the measurement of time based on the phases of the moon. This festival took place during the flowering of the apricot trees of the Lhokha Yarla Shampo region in autumn, and it may have been the first celebration of what has become the traditional farmers' festival. It was during this period that the arts of cultivation, irrigation, refining iron from ore and building bridges were first introduced in Tibet. The ceremonies which were instituted to celebrate these new capabilities can be recognized as precursors of the Losar festival. Later when the rudiments of the science of astrology, based on the five elements, were introduced in Tibet, this farmer's festival became what we now call the Losar or New Year's festival.

Spiritual monk is greeting all the performers for their great performance.

The children of the ChaZhu Valley
Performers are wearing traditional Tibetan dresses. They praticed for the past few months, today it is a showcase where they can perform in front of the crowd.

 

A lot of young children are dancing in front of the ChaZhu Valley Clinic to the Tibetan Dancing Music.

In front of the ChaZhu Valley Clinic, they also exhibited their much-loved sport, the archery.

When Dorjee and Dolkar went to Tibet last year, they brought an American bow that was requested by the villagers. This gentlemen is proudly using the American bow.

 

 

 

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