15-day Tibetan Losar celebrations begin
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 05 Mar 2014

The Tibetan New Year observance was heralded in Dharamshala by holding religious ceremony Tsedhor that was attended by the officials of the Central Tibetan Administration at Tsuglha khang with the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile delivering the Losar Message on March 2. The Losar is one of the main festivals at Dharamshala and Tibetans in McLeodganj get into a festive mood to celebrate it.

Tibetans gathered at the main Buddhist temple, Tsuglagkhang on Monday to offer prayers for a bright future for Tibetan community. This year, the Dalai Lama is in United States on an official visit and celebrated Losar in Minneapolis, Minnesota. However, Tibetans lighted butter lamps next to a portrait of HH the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple on Losar in Dharmsala.

Buddhist community in and from Tibet are celebrating their 15-day new festival Losar that began on March 2. However, the main celebration lasts for three days. Losar is the most significant festival of the Buddhist from Tibet and is celebrated with great splendor and grandeur by the community. Losar is also celebrated by Tibetan Buddhists Worldwide with fervour.

Losar is observed to ward off evil spirits and welcome the arrival of the New Year filled good deeds, happiness and prosperity. Often Tibetans continue with their celebrations for the next ten to fifteen days. Losar time is marked by cleaning and painting houses as well as decorating them. They exchange greetings and wish one another ‘tashi delek', which means ‘good luck'. 

On the New Year's Eve, a traditional noodle soup is made called guthuk and a beverage called changkol is prepared. The soup contains dumplings made from flour and water and stuffed nine different fortune symbols.

Losar is also celebrated by some hill tribes like Yolo, Sherpa, and Taming, Gerung, and Bhatia as well as Buddhist tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Himachal and Ladakh in Kashmir. The Monpa tribe of Tawang and the Memba of the Mechukha valley of Arunachal celebrate Losar in a big way.