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LOSHAR

  • February 13, 2018
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“LOSHAR” is the New Year (change of the year) of the Tibetan’s and Sherpa’s of Nepal which drops in February. Loshar is People celebrate in three different ways on three distinct day’s .So; there are three types of Lhosar – Tamu Lhosar, Sonam Lhosar and Gyalpo Lhosar. The Buddhists monasteries in Kathmandu like Swambhunath and Boudhanatha are adorned with eye holding colorful devotions flag carting the mass.

In the course of this festive season people perform their traditional dance and welcome the New Year with feasts and family meetings. The dances are generally seen in Khumbu, Helambu and Boudhanath in Kathmandu. Government of Nepal has started giving public holiday in these days from 2057 since Nepal is multi ethnic, multi religious and multi-cultural country. Rendering to the Buddhist tradition Gyalpo Loshar, Tamu and Sonam Loshar are not celebrated as New Year but just festivals of farmers. Among these the main Lhosar is Gyalpo Lhosar produced by Manjushree. Lots of people are dressed in an extensive variation of stunning tradition costumes sometime varied with western dresses.

The celebration of Losar antedates Buddhism in Tibet and can be sketched back to the pre-Buddhist Bön age. In this initial Bön custom, every season a spiritual ceremony was detained, in which people offered large amounts of exasperate to placate the local spirits, divinities and guardians. This religious festival later changed into an annual Buddhist festival which is assumed to have invented during the reign of PudeGungyal, the ninth King of Tibet.

The festival is said to have initiated when an old woman named Belma announced the dimension of time based on the phases of the moon. The rituals which were introduced to celebrate these new proficiencies can be renowned as predecessors of the Loshar festival. Later when the essentials of astrology, built on the five elements, were introduced in Tibet, this farmer’s festival became what we now call the Loshar or New Year’s festival.

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