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Losar New Year Day After 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Losar is the Tibetan word for "new year".

lo holds the semantic field "year, age"; sar holds the semantic field "new, fresh".

Losar is an important holiday in Tibet, Bhutan and for certain ethnic groups in Nepal.

Before the Tibetan New Year, "Nam-Ghang" is celebrated on the eve of the last night of the year.

The celebration of Losar predates Buddhism in Tibet and can be traced back to the pre-Buddhist Bön period.

In this early Bön tradition, every winter a spiritual ceremony was held, in which people offered large quantities of incense to appease the local spirits, deities and 'protectors'.

This religious festival later evolved into an annual Buddhist festival.

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