Yogurt Festival celebrated in Tibet

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Publish Time: 2019-09-02 Author: By Palden Nyima in Lhasa, Tibet From: ​chinadaily.com.cn

Tibetan Buddhists present money and khadaks, a white piece of silk, to Buddha and guests on Friday in Lhasa. [Photo by Palden Nyima/chinadaily.com.cn]

This year's event will feature the traditional "sunning of the Buddha" ceremonies, as well as Tibetan opera performances, picnics in the Norbu Lingka Park, trekking, equestrian events, traditional music and dance, and an ethnic costume show.

"I got up at 3 am and started my pilgrimage trip in the rain from my home. It took me hours to pay the visit to the Buddha," said Dorje Tashi, a 29-year-old resident of the region's Doilungdechen district.

Tibetan Buddhists present money and khadaks, a white piece of silk, to Buddha and guests on Friday in Lhasa. [Photo by Palden Nyima/chinadaily.com.cn]

"This year, it is unusual – I had to pay my visit in the rain, however, I am very pleased that I could make it. I will all living beings peace and happiness," said Dorje, adding that he also wishes the Buddha will bless him to bring good luck to him so that he can pass the entrance exam at Tibet University.

The festival will last for one week from Aug 30 to Sep 5.

Shoton, which literally means "yogurt banquet festival," is one of the most important festivals for Tibetans in Lhasa, and it dates back to the 17th century when it began as a religious ceremony for local residents to offer yogurt to the fifth Dalai Lama and monks in the Drepung Monastery after finishing their meditation retreats in the summer.

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