Losar ལོ་གསར Festive Moments

Tibetan lady having tea, losar

Tea with cousins in the guest room of my uncle’s house.

 

There are numerous Losar activities here on the Tibetan Plateau. May it be gathering for tea, steamy yak meat dumplings, butter sculpture, altar ornaments, or Bön practitioners performing dances.

Sharing with you are pictures of some events that I’ve been blessed to be part of. I hope these visuals would bring you a sense of celebration and enjoyment to your day there in the other side of the world.

Tibetan goodies, Tibetan food, losar

Deep-fried goodies and a few pieces of dried Tibetan-style cheese on top, a part of the table display.

 

Butter sculpture, Kumbum monastery, Buddha

Butter Sculpture, a yearly masterpiece made of butter, is presently by Kumbum Monastery (སྐུ་འབུམ་བྱམས་པ་གླིང།) near Siling /Xining, during Losar. Buddhists worship it seeing the Buddhahood, and tourists admire it for its detail and skillfulness.

 

Tibetan women, losar, Tibetan party

A corner of a Losar (New Year) dinner party.

 

Yak-meat dumplings, Tibetan cooks, Tibetan food

Dumplings with yak meat and scallions that will soon be served for lunch.

 

Buddhist rituals, Tibetan offerings, losar

As every family decorated the doors, here is an altar divinely ornamented, next to our village temple.

 

Bon religious dance, Buddhists dance

Bon practitioners performing religious dance in Mhaba village of Rebgong, Amdo.

 

Tibetan girl, Tibetan clothes

An adorable Tibetan girl is on the way to Rongbo (Longwu) Monastery རོང་བོ་དགོན་ཆེན, the main monastery of Gelugpa school in Rebgong, wearing nylon-fiber Tibetan attire, which used to be made of sheepskin.

 

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17 Responses to Losar ལོ་གསར Festive Moments

  1. Kate Fletemeyer March 13, 2015 at 1:02 AM #

    So colorful! The US must seem very drab. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jolma March 13, 2015 at 10:42 AM #

      Thank you, Kate. Tibetan culture may be very colorful, but the US has Apple, and the ultimate apple pie. 🙂

  2. buppanasu March 14, 2015 at 11:42 AM #

    Jolma, your website is so unique: candid, colorful photos, wonderful narrative. Keep up the great work! Cordially, Larry

    • Jolma March 15, 2015 at 10:07 AM #

      Thank you, Larry. I am pleased you think so.

  3. Joel March 19, 2015 at 10:41 PM #

    I shared this story with my Facebook friends. (Maybe you could put an FB link on the page for quick, easy sharing?) The photos are fantastic, especially the little girl you so correctly called “adorable.” For me, it’s such a privilege even just to see traditions otherwise not accessible to non-Tibetans. Please do carry on.

    • Jolma March 20, 2015 at 2:44 AM #

      Hi Joel, it’s so nice to see you dropping by. I’m delighted you are learning Tibetan traditions here at Beyond Her Kitchen.
      As for the Facebook link, there are social media links on the summary page, and on each post but towards bottom of the page. This seems causing a bit of accessibility issue; I will definitely try to bring them up higher so they are more visible. Thank you for the suggestion and sharing the link, Joel.

  4. Nama-mama March 20, 2015 at 7:45 AM #

    Wonderful pictures! I am so homesick for Amdo. Someday I’d like to know more about the Bon activities in Rebgong 🙂

  5. Rose E. Bingham March 31, 2015 at 12:41 AM #

    The photos could win a photo contest. Love the one of the women looking at the dumplings!

    • Jolma March 31, 2015 at 1:22 AM #

      Thank you, Rose. I attended a Tibetan woman’s 80th birthday during Losar (new year), and we had those dumplings for lunch, along with milk tea, yak meat and noodle soup.

  6. Linda Gartz April 2, 2015 at 12:41 PM #

    Beautiful blog, vibrant photos, like a personal invitation to a different culture. I can see I’ll learn a lot from following you.

    • Jolma April 2, 2015 at 1:23 PM #

      Thank you for joining and exploring on my journey to celebrating Tibetan culture. Welcome, Linda.

  7. Anna April 22, 2015 at 8:25 PM #

    Stunning photos. Need to catch up with your lovely posts. Looks like I’ve been missing out.

    • Jolma April 22, 2015 at 9:56 PM #

      Thank you, Anna. I hope you will experience something new as you explore my world. 🙂

  8. Anette Hansen February 17, 2016 at 10:43 PM #

    More wonderful images. I especially like the image with the women laying out the dumplings.

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