Tibetan folk festivals

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Publish Time: 2018-09-07 Author: From: China Tibet Online

Circling Fields Festival 

The name of this festival in Tibetan is Ongkar. Ong means “field”, and kar means “circumambulate”. Circling the farm fields is a folk ritual, in which people pray for a good harvest.

Striking a yak horn 

In the “striking a yak horn with stones” sport, each village sends 10 representatives to participate in three rounds of competition. In each round, each competitor throws three times. It is said that the throw indicates if there will be a bumper harvest in the coming year. If the throw misses, the competitor has to tie the yak horns to his belt and walk around the village once, so that everyone can taunt him for the miss. The sport both celebrates the New Year and pray for good weather in the coming year.

Go-tse (yak skin boat dance) 

The yak skin boat dance originated from “Chong-tse” (yak dance), and many of the movements of the dance have characteristics of “the boat of the plateau”—the yak. The dance has an energetic rhythm and is simple and uninhibited. It is performed by the “a-re” who both sings and dances, and background dancers who carry a yak skin boat and make the sounds of a boat and keep the dance rhythm by striking oars.

The weaving technique of Lhozhag belts 

The weaving technique of Lhozhag belts is different from that of Tibetan carpets, wool blankets, and aprons. It uses dozens of pieces of yak skin squares to form a pattern and lines. These weaving techniques and tools were invented by local weavers three or four hundred years ago.

Editor:Yanina

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