5 Facts about the Tibetan New Year, because I said I’d show a trip to a Buddhist Temple, during the celebrations of the Tibetan New Year, on Feb 27th.
So now there were the celebrations of 2017 (Dec 31st-Jan 1st), then Chinese New Year on Jan 28th, then my astrological new year after my birthday on Jan 31st and now the Tibetan New Year, on Feb 27th. I love these celebrations Do you like New Year festivities? Any kind of new year?
Some weeks ago I felt really stressed and overwhelmed and I felt I should visit a Buddhist Temple and a Tibetan restaurant. Such a good decision! It was a big hill with many Buddhist buildings there, really beautiful. It’s peaceful, people only wish good things to each other and that recharged my batteries. I didn’t know much about the Tibetan New Year, so I thought of sharing what I have learned:
1) Tibetan New Year is called Losar. It’s the most important traditional celebration for Tibetans and starts from Dec, 29th on Tibetan calendar and the entire celebration is expected to last for 15 days, while most of the festivities will take place in the first 3 days.
2) Tashi Delek means “all the best” and it’s the most common way of greeting during Tibetan New Year.
3) There’s cleaning the house tradition, special dishes (like Guthuk, a dumpling with small things inside, like wool, charcoal, etc… meaning something for the year), visiting neighbors and elderly people, replacing the Prayers’ Flag Tree (when the wind blows, the prayers are taken to everybody), fires for expelling ghosts, offerings with incense (I did it!) and getting the “First water of the year” from a river.
4) It’s celebrated outside Tibet as well, in regions like some parts of India, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.
5) This is the year 2144 – Losar 2144, in fact – which is the Year of the Firebird. Lo means year, age and Sar means new, fresh.
The year of the Firebird brings passion to our lives The firebird energy has the power for continual recreation and has the symbolic representation of awakening, like the Phoenix. It’s a determined animal, impulsive, social, integrated in a community. So this year, we’ll gravitate toward each other in a constructive way. We can create something much bigger together than we would on our own. This year, we can move confidently towards our ambitions – we will be helped by a network of love.
Because many times we tend to have negative feelings, there are chants that aim cleansing negative habits and thoughts, thus entering the new year with a positive vibe. This can be used by any person, regardless of beliefs and religion. I think they’re very positive, a simple way for all of us to let go of the things that no longer serve us. They are called Mamo Chants. Here are some:
Hope you have a great positive New Year! Tashi Delek!
Wishing you a beautiful week with many smiles! Thanks for the sweet comments!