Losar is celebrated by Tibetan Buddhists worldwide and also by Sherpa, Yolmo, Gurung, Tamang, Monpa, Bhutia, Sherdukpen and certain other Himalayan people. It's important holiday and it's traditions are unique to Tibet and predate both Indian and Chinese influences. Losar literally means 'New Year' and the Losar Festival in Tibet is the biggest event in the year being celebrated for 15 days! The main celebrations of Losar however are on the first three days being, Lama Losar (day one), Gyalpo Losa and Choe-kyong Losar. Technically, Losar is the first three days and preceding that is the Chunga Choepa for 15 days after Losar.
Chunga Choepa is the Butter Lamp Festival. Monks perform purification rituals and then craft brightly colored and elaborate art out of yak butter that is put on display in monasteries. Did you know that sculpting yak butter is a sacred art in Tibet?
Happy Losar from all at Warrior Body Buddha Mind!
Below, The Dalai Lama, his Holiness, speaks to Tibetans in exile and in Tibet and as well as supporters and friends world wide as Losar (Tibetan New Year) approaches. This was recorded from Rochester, Minnesota, USA on February 4, 2016. His Holiness The Dalai Lama speaks in Tibetan with English subtitles.