Time of Tibetan New Year Festival in 2014
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Time of Tibetan New Year Festival in 2014

Update: Mar. 4th, 2013

Tibetan New Year Festival

Time of Tibetan New Year Festival in 2014

As we know, the time of Tibetan New Year Festival is the first day of January in Tibetan Calendar. The time of Tibetan New Year Festival in 2014 is in February, 2014 in Solar Calendar.

Tibetan New Year Festival is the grandest festival in Tibet and the first of Tibetan festivals, as well as the most solemn festival in Tibet. During Tibetan New Year Festival, each family will gather together to hold various celebration activities. The scene of Tibetan New Year Festival is extraordinarily bustling. If you have Tibet tour during Tibetan New Year Festival, you not only can appreciate the bustling festival atmosphere, you also can experience authentic Tibetan life.

The January 1st in Tibetan Calendar is Tibetan New Year Festival. Because the calculation method of Tibetan Calendar is different from Chinese Lunar Calendar, the time of Tibetan New Year Festival is different from the New Year Festival in Lunar Calendar. In general, there are four conditions. The first condition is that the Tibetan New Year Festival and New Year Festival in Lunar Calendar are on the same day. The second condition is that they are 1 day apart. The third condition is that they are one month apart. And the fourth condition is that they are one month and one day apart.

How Tibetan New Year Festival Came Into Being?

Why Tibetan new Year Festival is on the same day with New Year Festival in Lunar Calendar sometimes? Why they are one month apart sometimes? About these questions, let's see how Tibetan New Year Festival came into being.

According to legends, a long time ago, Tibetans will sing songs and dance to celebrate harvest in harvest season. Year after year, Tibetans regarded the mature time of wheat as the start of one year. In Tang Dynasty, the beautiful Princess Wencheng married with intelligent and brave Songtsen Ganpo. When went to Tibet, Princess Wencheng not only brought love and the friendship between Han Nationality and Tibet, but also brought various astronomical chronicle, as well as cultivation methods and tools of production in inland to Tibet. The event of Princess Wencheng coming into Tibet promoted the development of culture and economic in Tibet. Since from Princess Wencheng came into Tibet, Tibetan Calendar changed. It absorbed the astronomical knowledge of Han Nationality in inland and formed the custom of celebrating New Year Festival.

After that, over 200 years later, in the 9th century, Tibetans created their own calendar – Tibetan Calendar by integrating traditional Chinese calendar in inland, Indian Shilun Calendar and local calendar in Tibet.

In 1027, Indian Shilun Calendar was printed in Tibetan Language and introduced into Tibet officially. This is a big event for Tibetans who believed In Buddhism. Tibetans regarded this year as the first year of Tibetan New Year Festival.

Now, the reason why the time of Tibetan New Year Festival is so close with Chinese Traditional New Year Festival is very obvious. It is the fusion of Han and Tibetan cultures.

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