Tibetan New Year Celebration

Please join us Monday, February 24th at 6 pm as we celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year. This new year is designated as the year of the Iron Mouse.

Losar traces its origins to the pre-Buddhist period in Tibet when, every winter, Tibetans held a spiritual ceremony, offering large amounts of incense to please local spirits, deities, and protectors. Around the period when the measurement of time based on phases of the moon was introduced, this ceremony evolved into an annual Buddhist festival, which may have been the first celebration of what has become the traditional farmers’ festivals. Later, after the rudiments of the science of astrology were introduced in Tibet, the farmers’ festival became known as Losar.

The Rime’s Losar celebration will include a potluck, Tibetan food, Tibetan Mo divination, linked verse, tsa tsa, prayer flag making, and other family activities. Be sure to bring a vegetarian dish to share.

6:00 – Open House
6:30 – Performance by the GDPT Pho Hien Lion Dance Troupe
7:00 – Pot Luck Dinner
7:30 – Family Activities