Lhosar

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Sherpa community dancing and singing along to their traditional songs on the occasion of Lhosar.

Lhosar Festival is specially celebrated by the Sherpa community. Lhosar means New year and usually falls in February. During this time Boudhanath is adorned with flags of prayer by the main Buddhists monasteries and stupas including Swoyambhunath. People perform their cultural dance during this festive season, and welcome New Year with festivals and family gathering. The dances are seen in Khumbu, Helambu and Boudhanath in Kathmandu. This festival is mostly celebrated by Sherpa, Thakali, Tamang, Gurung, Magar, Manange, Helmuli and Tibetan. There is public holiday for Lhosar since Nepal is multi ethnic, multi religious and multi cultural country. According to the Buddhist tradition Gyalpo Loshar, Tola and Sonam Loshar are not celebrated as New Year. Among these the main Lhosar is Gyalpo Lhosar produced by Manjushree.

In Lhosar the Lama’s eve(priest) chant the holy books creating Buddha’s statue at every Buddhist residence. Here, the family members say happy New Year, welcome Buddha and burn scented sticks as the ceremonial portion. The year ends after the Lhosar festival.

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