Tashi Delek! Happy Tibetan New Year!
February 8th – 10th 2008: Losar, the Tibetan New Year
Losar is the most important festival in Tibet. Every year the people of Tibet take part in a three-day celebration with their families and friends. It is a chance to resolve problems and discard unhappy memories of the previous year. During Losar Buddhists great each other by saying “Tashi Delek”. Family gatherings, exchanging gifts and vsiting local monasteries are all part of the Losar celebrations.
We celebrated Losar by making Buddhist prayer flags.
For centuries Tibetan Buddhists have planted prayer flags outside their homes so that the wind will carry their prayers and wishes across the countryside.
Prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and all those nearby. During Losar clolourful new prayer flags are made and hung outdoors for all to see.
Our prayer flags have Buddhist symbols and special new year’s wishes.