Tibetan butter lamp, Losar prep

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.




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

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

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