Lhasa Festivals

Shoton Festival in Lhasa
The Shoton Festival – in celebration of monks – falls on the first day of the seventh month by the Tibetan calendar (or August). In Tibetan, ‘Shoton’ means the “Yogurt Banquet”.

The tradition has its roots in the 17th century. Monks graduating from the monastery at NorbuLingka receive a warm welcome by their families in an atmosphere of song and dance. Actors and actresses of Tibetan operas stage spectacular performances; many last several days.

During the festival, the Drepung Monastery performs the annual sunning ceremony of Buddha attended by thousands of devotees.

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