Losar: The Tibetan New Year 

Losar: The Tibetan New Year 

Losar: Tibetan New Year
Losar in the Tibetan language translates to New Year. Lo means year and sar means new. It is one of the major festivals of the Tibetan people as it  marks the beginning of a new year of the Tibetan lunar calendar. This year, the first day of Losar falls on February 24 which is the start of the year 2147 according to the Tibetan calendar. While official celebrations start on the first day of the new year, preparations begin much earlier. Tibetans spend the days leading up to the new year engaged in rituals to rid oneself of the negativities and bad luck of the previous year. This period which starts two days ahead of Losar is known as Gutor. The first Gutor or Nyi Shu Gu falls on the…
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