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Losar Buddhist Festival, The Tibetan New Year

Losar Festival in Arunachal Pradesh
Losar Festival in Arunachal Pradesh (Credit.4408491656)
Losar is the most significant festival of the Tibetan Buddhists, as it marks the Tibetan New Year. This festival is celebrated and observed with great wealth and glory by the Buddhists in Tibet and in other countries like India, Bhutan and Nepal. Losar is derived from two Tibetan words 'Lo' denoting 'year' and 'sar', signifying 'new'. Losar is also known as Bal Gyal Lo, where Bal is Tibet, Gyal is King and Lo is year.

Losar Festival, Monpas Rituals

Widely celebrated in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, Losar is celebrated by the Monpas who are a majority in Tawang. Monpas Belong to the Mongoloid stock, and are mainly into agriculture and animal husbandry. Celebrated the advent of the new year, Losar is the occasion when the Monpas with their friends and relatives feast, drink and make merry in a very superior manner.

The festival of Losar falls in the end of February or early March and is celebrated for 8 to 15 days. It is a belief that by doing this one can accompany good health and prosperity to them selves. The house and surroundings are decorated by the most attractive decorations and detailed offerings are made which are known as 'Lamas Losar'.

On the New Years Eve, the special traditional noodle soup is prepared which is called the guthuk. On the very day all family members dress in their finest dresses and while meeting the loved ones, people greet one another 'Tashi Delek', which means good luck for the next year.