Category: Losar

Losar festivalLosar is Tibetan for “new year” and the Losar festival is the most important festival in Tibet and for Tibetans living outside Tibet, f.e. in Nepal. In Kathmandu there is a huge Tibetan community, mainly concentrated in the Bouddha area.
Loshar is also the New Year for the Sherpa community. During the Loshar festival, Sherpa families gather together to consume a soup called guthuk and special pastries called Khapse. Many Sherpas visit holy Buddhist sites like Swayambhunath and Boudhanath for prayers.

Losar is celebrated for 15 days, with the main celebrations on the first three days. Losar begins on the first day of the first lunar month of the Tibetan calender. This is often in February.
Many Tibetans come to the stupa of Bouddhanath for offerings, celebrations and getting together.

In 2023 the main day of Losar will be February 21.

Family visiting Boudhanath Stupa during Losar

Family dressed in traditional clothes on the stupa of Boudhanath during Losar festival

Traditional clothes Losar festival

Youngsters wearing traditional clothes during the celebrations of the Losar festival in Bouddha.

Tibetan women during Losar Festival

Traditionally dressed Tibetan women during the celebration of Losar Festival in Bouddha.

Tibetan Women, Lhosar, Festival

Bouddhanath stupa during Losar in Nepal

On this picture you see people re-whitening the Buddhist stupa in Bouddha on the occasion of Losar festival (Tibetan New Year) in February 2005

boudhanath stupa - Losar Festival

New prayer flags on the occasion of Losar

Two women busy hanging new prayer flags at one of the levels of Boudhanath stupa on the occasion of Losar.