Monday, January 26, 2009
The loss of Losar
Losar is the Tibetan New Year and is often celebrated in January or February. It is one of the most important Tibetan festivals and is celebrated for 15 days, but the first 3 days are seen as the most auspicious. It´s origins pre-date Buddhism. Cleansing (spiritual and domestic), pujas and candles play a large part of the festivities.
Losar will begin on the 25th February. However, the Tibetan community in McLeod Ganj will not be celebrating this special time in remembrance of the 50th Anniversary of the Chinese invasion. Although I am personally disappointed; it´s one of the more romantic festivals, I understand where the Tibetans are coming from.