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Shoton Festival starts in Tibet

  • Source : VTIBET.com Author : Tenzin Woebom Time : 08/30/2019 Editor : Tenzin Woebom

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    A huge Thangka painting is displayed at Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, regional capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, Aug. 30, 2019. Celebrations for the traditional Shoton Festival, or Yogurt Festival, begin in Lhasa on Friday. [Photo/VTIBET.com]


    Shoton Festival, also known as the Yogurt Banquet, is one of the most significant festivals in the Tibetan calendar. People get a week off to pray and play.


    Lhasa's annual Shoton Festival, which starts on Friday, will give the city a significant economic boost, as it welcomes a large number of tourists during the week-long event, the Lhasa Tourism Bureau said.


    During the week-long extravaganza, a series of interesting activities, including opening ceremony of Shoton Festival, exhibition of huge Buddha thangka paintings, performance of classic Tibetan operas, Namtso International Hiking Rally and so forth, will be held in Tibet.


    In addition to those traditional activities mentioned above, online Shoton publicity, Shoton carnival, Tibetan ethnic equestrian show as well as photography exhibition will also be kicked off to create a festive and happy atmosphere, showing people an unique cultural connotation of the profound Tibetan festival.


    What's more, during the Shoton Festival, a lot of interesting activities such as yogurt eating contest, beer drinking contest, cooking contest, fashion show for displaying Tibetan clothes, and folk song and dance performance etc. will be held in Lhasa Community Cultural Centre to attract hundreds of thousands of domestic and foreign tourists as well as local residents for experiencing traditional Tibetan culture.


    "The history of Shoton Festival can be traced back to the 11th century. It was originally a religious occasion during which locals would offer yogurt to monks who had finished meditation retreats. This year's festival will show how Lhasa has preserved ethnic traditions and culture, as well as its great economic development in recent years," said Nyima, a staff of Lhasa Tourism Bureau.

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