Losar (New Year) ‑ Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal
|Event Name||Losar (New Year) - Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal|
|Start Date||16th Feb 2018 12:00am|
|End Date||18th Feb 2018 12:00am|
Losar is the Tibetan word for "new year", lo meaning "year, age"; sar meaning "new, fresh". Losar is an important holiday in Tibet, Bhutan and for certain ethnic groups in Nepal and India. Before the Tibetan New Year, [Nam-Ghang] is celebrated on the eve of the last night of the year.
Losar is celebrated for 15 days, with the main celebrations on the first three days. On the first day of Losar, a beverage called changkol is made from chhaang (a Tibetan cousin of beer). The second day of Losar is known as King's Losar (gyalpo losar). Losar is traditionally preceded by the five-day practice of Vajrakilaya. Because the Uyghurs adopted the Chinese calendar, and the Mongols and Tibetans adopted the Uyghur calendar, Losar occurs near or on the same day as the Chinese New Year and the Mongolian New Year, but the traditions of Losar are unique to Tibet, and predate both Indian and Chinese influences.