Villagers completed their Losar (Tibetan New Year) preparations of shopping, baking, and making decorations for their family shrines and guest rooms. Loved ones from far and near arrived home for this most celebrated Tibetan holiday. And it’s finally Losar Eve where spiritual offerings are a big part of wrapping up the year and wishing for an auspicious year ahead.
My brother, next eldest to me, is usually the one who represents my family in offering sang to our mountain gods/protective deities. Sang (bsang) is an incense offering of juniper branches, topped with a mix of flour, roasted grains, candies, and baked goods. Liquor may also be added and burnt together. Sang is also offered at the village temple on the Losar Eve and in the early morning of the new day. For most Tibetan families, sang is a daily ritual.
But this year, my little brother had the honor, and I decided to tag along and join the fun. Although women are allowed, an event such this one belongs to the men’s world. It’s rare to see a woman there, unless a family is all women. But I wanted to experience it for myself and am now able to share it with you.