Losar Preparation: Spiritual Visual Feast

Tibetan butter lamp, Losar prep

Preparing butter lamp for the family altar, ready to fill with clarified butter.


During Losar or Lo sar, Tibetan New Year, preparation, you would not need to travel far to learn much about the festival and to perceive a variety of cultural expressions. Every family displays a visual feast without realizing it. Today, I’m sharing my observations during a 5-minute walk from one family to another, passing our village temple.

Tibetan bakery, spiritual offer

Miniature dough pieces for spiritual offerings once baked or deep-fried.


Tibetan woman, Tibetan elder lady

The woman who was preparing the butter lamps.


Tibetan temple, Buddhist

A corner of our village temple.


Tibetan Mani, “Om Mani Padme

A huge pile of stones carved with the Mani, “Om Mani Padme Hum,” the mantra (prayer) of Tibetan Buddhist.


wind horse, tibetan prayer

Wind horse about to place on the roof of my aunt’s house.


tibetan fabric, tibetan pattern

And, like every Tibetan family here, I also bought three 5-foot pieces of rich fabric to offer at my village temple and two mountain gods.




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11 Responses to Losar Preparation: Spiritual Visual Feast

  1. peggygilbey814628432 February 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM #

    Stunning photographs Jolma. Thank you for capturing these special traditions and for sharing them!

    • Jolma February 19, 2015 at 9:52 PM #

      Hi Peggy, thank you for stopping by. I certainly enjoy sharing.

  2. Nancy February 19, 2015 at 8:59 PM #

    Absolutely stunning. Everything you do is magnificent.

  3. Sara Kingsley February 19, 2015 at 10:23 PM #

    Beautiful! I love seeing your view of your home. Please say hello to your family for me.

    • Jolma February 19, 2015 at 10:29 PM #

      I will, Sara. Thank you.

  4. buppanasu February 20, 2015 at 4:38 AM #

    Jolma, your written narrative is excellent; the photos are beautiful. What a superb site! Keep up the great work. Larry

    • Jolma February 20, 2014 at 11:42 PM #

      I will. Thank you so much, Larry.

  5. Steve February 20, 2015 at 10:14 AM #

    Beautiful photos! So wonderful – thank you for sharing this amazing culture with us!

    • Jolma February 21, 2015 at 9:40 AM #

      Thank you, Steve. Indeed, amazing is the word to describe the Tibetan culture.

  6. Anette Hansen February 17, 2016 at 10:42 PM #

    Gorgeous pictures. Obviously a culture that admires aesthetics and beauty in all things.


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