Losar Festival


    In News

    • Recently, the Prime Minister of India extended his greetings on the occasion of Losar.

    Losar Festival

    • About:
      • One of the most significant celebrations in the Tibetan calendar
      • It begins on the day of a new moon that marks the first day of the first month on the Tibetan calendar.
      • Losar is celebrated for 15 days, with the main celebrations on the first three days.
    • Meaning: 
      • The term ‘Losar’ means New year in the Tibetan language. ‘Lo’ means year and ‘Sar’ means new.
    • Ancient Roots:
      • Losar predates the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet and has its roots in a winter incense-burning custom of the Bon religion
    • Celebrated At: 
      • Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, India
      • In India- Ladakh, Kinnaur, Spiti, Sikkim


    Bon Religion 

    • Also known as Yungdrung Bon 
    • It is a Tibetan religious tradition with many similarities to Tibetan Buddhism and also many unique features.
    • Bon initially developed in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
    • Bon remains a significant minority religion in Tibet (especially in eastern Tibet) and in the surrounding Himalayan regions.

    Source: PIB