Losar around the world in 2024

Losar around the world in 2024
  How long until Losar?
Losar
  Dates of Losar around the world
2025 Various Feb 28, Mar 1
Bhutan Feb 28, Mar 1
BhutanSat, Mar 1National Holiday
BhutanFri, Feb 28National Holiday
IndiaFri, Feb 28Regional Holiday
NepalFri, Feb 28National Holiday
2024 Various Feb 10, Feb 11, Mar 11
Bhutan Feb 10, Feb 11
BhutanSun, Feb 11National Holiday
BhutanSat, Feb 10National Holiday
IndiaSat, Feb 10Regional Holiday
NepalMon, Mar 11National Holiday
2023 Various Feb 21, Feb 22
Bhutan Feb 21, Feb 22
BhutanWed, Feb 22National Holiday
BhutanTue, Feb 21National Holiday
IndiaTue, Feb 21Regional Holiday
NepalTue, Feb 21National Holiday
2022 Various Mar 3, Mar 4
Bhutan Mar 3, Mar 4
BhutanFri, Mar 4National Holiday
BhutanThu, Mar 3National Holiday
IndiaThu, Mar 3Regional Holiday
NepalThu, Mar 3National Holiday
2021 Various Feb 12, Feb 13
Bhutan Feb 12, Feb 13
BhutanSat, Feb 13National Holiday
BhutanFri, Feb 12National Holiday
IndiaFri, Feb 12Regional Holiday
  Summary

Tibetan New year, also known as Losar, is the most important festival in the Tibetan calendar

  Which countries observe Losar in 2024?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
  BhutanFeb 10, Feb 11
  IndiaFeb 10
  NepalMar 11

When is Losar?

Losar is Tibetan New Year and marks the start of the Tibetan year which is based on a 12 lunar month calendar. The day it falls on is very close to the date of Chinese New Year. The date each year is determined by astrologers based in Dharmsala, India.

The Tibetan calendar is in use throughout the Himalayan region and the New Year is a public holiday in Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. It is a regional holiday in the state of Sikkim in India.

History of Losar

Losar means New Year (lo - year, sar - new) in Tibetan. It is the most important festival in the Tibetan calendar.

The origins of Losar can be traced back to pre-Buddhist period and the Bon religion and was most likely celebrated to mark the winter solstice. To mark the beginning of the end of Winter, festivities included offering large quantities of incense to the local spirits and deities. When the region converted to Buddhism, the date was shifted by Buddhist monks to match up with their lunar calendar.

The Tibetan New Year period lasts for fifteen days, with the first three days and New Year's Eve being the main celebrations

On Tibetan New Year's Eve, a custom is making a special noodle dish called guthuk. In the dish are dumplings with different ingredients inside them. Finding a certain ingredient is a light-hearted omen for the coming year. Finding a white coloured ingredient such as rice or salt is considered a good omen; finding a pebble means good luck; finding a chilli means the person is talkative and finding a black ingredient means you have are 'black-heated'. Interestingly, in some European Christmas customs, finding coal in your presents means the same thing.

On Tibetan New Year's Eve, the monks do a protector deities' puja (ceremony) to drive out evil spirits. and begin preparations for the Losar celebrations.

On the first day of the new year, people rise early and place water and offerings on their household altars to ensure a good harvest.


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