Saga Dawa Festival – 4th June 2012

Saga Dawa Festival – 4th June 2012

Posted Jan 24th, 2012 under Culture & Festivals,

"Saga Dawa” is an important Tibetan Buddhist festival, held each year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar. This festival is observed to celebrate Sakyamuni's (Lord Buddha) enlightenment and many Buddhist pilgrims, tourists and researchers from different parts of the world visit Tibet during this time. The ‘Saga Dawa’ festival demonstrates how religion and spirituality is deeply imbedded in the lives of Tibetans. Though celebrated all over Tibet, the festival is mainly observed at Tarboche in Mount Kailash. Tibetans travel from their hometowns and villages to Tarboche carrying their own flags. On the day of the festival the existing flagpole is replaced by a new flagpole where people attach their flags. The flagpole should stand perfectly upright after it is erected, or else locals believe that something unfortunate may happen in Tibet. The whole ceremony is led by a Lama from the nearby monastery.
If you wish to witness this wonderful cultural event, Explore Himalaya Travel and Adventure is organizing a fixed departure tour focusing on ‘Saga Dawa’ festival. You can combine your visit with a tour to Lhasa and Everest Base Camp (North Face). Pilgrims who do not wish to visit Lhasa or Everest Base Camp can directly drive back to Kathmandu with our Nepali supporting crew member.

For fixed departure date & tour cost contact- kailash@explorehimalaya.com, vivek@explorehimalaya.com.

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Flagpole at Tarboche at the base of Mt. Kailash (Pic: Explore Himalaya)

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