Know your Tibetan Holidays (Updated for 2020)

This is a list of the major holidays in Tibet and for Tibetans around the world. If you want to experience a Tibetan festival or holiday on your trip to Tibet, check the list below, then talk to your Tibet travel agent for details. (For help connecting to a reliable Tibetan agent, ask us for help. )

Tibetan Holidays: Tibetan ladies getting ready for the Palden Lhamo Festival at Tengye Ling: Lhasa Tibet

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2020 Travel Advisory: Due to the current health crisis, Tibet is temporarily closed to all foreign travelers, likely at least through the end of July 2020. However, travelers who pre-book Tibet tours by the end of June 2020 will get a rare opportunity for special discounts. (You can use the booking any time up to April 2022.) At the same time, you will support local Tibetan-owned businesses at a time when they are struggling to survive. To learn more, ask us for an introduction to a reliable Tibetan travel agency here.

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Updated on May 12, 2020. First published on June 29, 2012.

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  1. Su says

    Can someone give me the Gregorian date for the 10th day of the 6th Tibetan month?
    According to the Gregorian calendar in 1970

  2. Jo Earle says

    Thank you so much. This gives me a better idea and understanding of the Tibetan holidays and festivals. I would love to attend one of them one day. tu jay chay.

  3. Yangchen says

    Thank you. Your website is often helpful and been following from many years. Life in city keep us away from Tibetan community and its tradition. Tashi Delek.

    • Yolanda says

      Hi Yang. Sorry we don’t have a good answer for this. There are so many sonam losar dates, according to your area. It’s generally based on the planting dates for each area, so this will be different region by region. And we haven’t researched this issue at all. Sorry that we cannot be more helpful.

  4. Tenzing says

    Thank you for the information, its very helpful to the people around the world. I will appreciate if you could tell me the date of Losar 2014? is that the correct date March 2nd? Thanks and looking forward to your reply Tenzing

  5. Bern says

    Tashi delek,
    I plan to visit Tibet during the Shoton Festival in 2013. However I noticed some webistes state the festive will be held between 10-30 August 2013 and yours is on 4-10 September 2013 of Gregorian Calendar.

    Could you please advice. Thank you very much.

    Sarva Mangalam,
    Bern

      • yowangdu says

        Thank you so much for calling our attention to this, Bern! There was a mistake on our calendar. We have changed the dates to begin on August 6, 2013. (The 30th day of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar.) Thank you and sorry about that!

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