Tibetan Festival Dates

Monastic Festival in Ngawa (Aba)

FestivalsLunar Date20132014Location
Bon Sect Thangka Display5th of 1st monthFeb 14Feb 4Nangshuk
Thangka Display / Fighting Monks13th of 1st monthFeb 22Feb 12Kirti
Jonang-Style Thangka Display13th of 1st monthFeb 22Feb 12Se
Mask Dance14th of 1st monthFeb 23Feb 13Kirti
Mask Dance14th of 1st monthFeb 23Feb 13Gomang
Bon Sect Circling Dance15th of 1st monthFeb 24Feb 14Nangshuk
Bon Sect Mask Dance16th of 1st monthFeb 25Feb 15Nangshuk

Monlam Festival in Rebkong (Tongren)

FestivalLunar Date20132014Location
Display Buddha's Thangkha5th of 1st monthFeb 14Feb 4Upper Wutun
Maitreya Transportation6th of 1st monthFeb 15Feb 5Upper Wutun
Mask dance7th of 1st monthFeb 16Feb 6Upper Wutun
Display Buddha's Thangkha8th of 1st monthFeb 17Feb 7Upper Wutun
Maitreya Transportation9th of 1st monthFeb 18Feb 8Upper Wutun
Mask dance10th of 1st monthFeb 19Feb 9Upper Wutun
Display Buddha's Thangkha9th of 1st monthFeb 18Feb 8 Gomer
Maitreya Transportation10th of 1st monthFeb 19Feb 9Gomer
Mask Dance11th of 1st monthFeb 20Feb 10Gomer
Display Buddha's Thangkha13th of 1st monthFeb 22Feb 12Longwu
Maitreya Transportation14th of 1st monthFeb 23Feb 13Longwu
Mask Dance15th of 1st monthFeb 24Feb 14Longwu

Shaman’s Festival in Rebkong (Tongren)

FestivalLunar Date20132014Location
Shaman's Dance16th of 6th monthJuly 23July 12Togay
Shaman's Dance17th of 6th monthJuly 24July 13Wutu
Shaman's Dance18th of 6th monthJuly 25July 14Sakkyi
Shaman's Dance19th of 6th monthJuly 26July 15Mayba
Shaman's Dance20th of 6th monthJuly 28July 17Nianduhu
Shaman's Dance21st of 6th monthJuly 29July 18Gyakhar
Shaman's Dance22nd of 6th monthJuly 30July 19Guomar
Shaman's Dance23rd of 6th monthJuly 31July 20Baoan
Shaman's Dance24th of 6th monthAug 1July 21Suhuri

Festivals at Kumbum Monastery

FestivalLunar Date20132014Location
Mask Dance14th of 1st monthFeb 23Feb 13Kumbum Monastery
Butter Sculpture Display15th of 1st monthFeb 24Feb 14Kumbum Monastery
Mask Dance14th of 4th monthMay 23May 13Kumbum Monastery
Display Buddha's Thangka15th of 4th monthMay 24May 14Kumbum Monastery
Display Buddha's Thangka7th of 6th monthJuly 14July 3Kumbum Monastery
Mask Dance8th of 6th monthJuly 15July 4Kumbum Monastery
Mask Dance24th of 10th monthNov 26Dec 15Kumbum Monastery
Anniversary of Tsongkhapa25th of 10th monthNov 27Dec 16Kumbum Monastery

Festivals at Labrang Monastery

FestivalLunar Date20132014Location
Free Animals from Death8th of 1st monthFeb 17Feb 7Labrang
Display Buddha's Thangka13th of 1st monthFeb 22Feb 12Labrang
Mask Dance14th of 1st monthFeb 23Feb 13Labrang
Butter Sculpture (evening)15th of 1st monthFeb 24Feb 14Labrang
Maitreya Transportation16th of 1st monthFeb 25Feb 15Labrang
Enlightenment Prayer Day14th of 4th monthMay 23May 12Labrang
Enlightenment Prayer Day15th of 4th monthMay 24May 13Labrang
Mountain Festival15th - 25th of 6th monthJuly 22 - Aug 1July 11 - July 21Mountains
Mask Dance / Gucham29th of 9th monthNov 2Oct 22Labrang
Tsongkhapa's Anniversary25th of 10th monthNov 27Dec 16Labrang

Shachong Monastery Festivals

FestivalsLunar Date20132014Location
Great Prayer5th - 15th of 1st monthFeb 14 - Feb 24Feb 4 - Feb 14Shachong
Thangka Display12th of 1st monthFeb 21Feb 11Shachong
Mask Dance13th of 1st monthFeb 22Feb 12Shachong
Mask Dance19th of 4th monthMay 28May 17Shachong
Tsongkhapa's Anniversary25th of 10th monthNov 27Dec 16Shachong
Mask Dance29th of 10th monthDec 1Dec 20Shachong
Mask Dance29th of 12th monthFeb 9Jan 29Shachong

Yushu Horse Racing Festival

FestivalDateLocation
Horse Racing / DancingJuly 25Tashigu Grassland
Horse Racing / Fashion ShowJuly 26Tashigu Grassland
Horse Racing / DancingJuly 27Tashigu Grassland
Tibetan OperaJuly 28thTashigu Grassland
Local Dance & PartyJuly 29Tashigu Grassland

Litang Horse Racing Festival

FestivalDateLocation
Horse RacingAug 1Litang horse racing ground
Horse Racing / DanceAug 2Litang horse racing ground
Horse Racing / Fashion ShowAug 3Litang horse racing ground
Tibetan OperaAug 4Litang horse racing ground
Local Dance / SongsAug 5Litang horse racing ground

Weido Monastery Monlam Festival

FestivalLunar Date20132014Location
Gonpo Dorjee Dance16th of 1st monthFeb 25Feb 15Weido
Maitreya Transportation17th of 1st monthFeb 26Feb 16Weido
Display Buddha's Thangka18th of 1st monthFeb 27Feb 17Weido
Mask Dance19th of 4th monthMay 28May 17Weido

Gonglong Monastery Monlam Festival

FestivalLunar Date20132014Location
Mask Dance14th of 1st monthFeb 23Feb 13Gonglong
Display Buddha's Thangka15th of 1st monthFeb 24Feb 14Gonglong

Kyikhorgar Monastery Monlam Festival

FestivalLunar Date20132014Location
Maitreya Transportation11th of 6th monthJuly 18Aug 6Kyikhorgar
Display Buddha's Thangkha12th of 6th monthJuly 19Aug 7Kyikhorgar
Mask Dance13th of 6th monthJuly 20Aug 8Kyikhorgar

Horgar Monastery Festival

FestivalLunar Date20132014Location
Display Buddha's Thangkha15th of 1st monthFeb 24Feb 14Horgar

Dowei Monastery Monlam Festival

FestivalLunar Date20132014Location
Display Buddha's Thangkha15th of 1st monthFeb 24Feb 14Gonglong
Maitreya Transportation16th of 1st monthFeb 25Feb 15Gonglong

Machu Horse Racing Festival

FestivalDatesLocation
Horse RacingAug 3 - Aug 12Machu