Sonam Lochhar around the world in 2020

Sonam Lochhar around the world in 2020
  How long until Sonam Lochhar?
This holiday next takes place in 29 days in Bhutan.
  Dates of Sonam Lochhar around the world
2022 Various Feb 1, Feb 2
Bhutan Feb 1, Feb 2
BhutanWed, Feb 2National Holiday
BhutanTue, Feb 1National Holiday
IndiaTue, Feb 1Regional Holiday
NepalWed, Feb 2National Holiday
2021 Various Feb 12, Feb 13
Bhutan Feb 12, Feb 13
BhutanSat, Feb 13National Holiday
BhutanFri, Feb 12National Holiday
IndiaFri, Feb 12Regional Holiday
NepalFri, Feb 12National Holiday
2020 Various Jan 24, Jan 25, Feb 24, Feb 25
Bhutan Feb 24, Feb 25
BhutanTue, Feb 25National Holiday (additional day)
BhutanMon, Feb 24National Holiday
IndiaSat, Jan 25Regional Holiday
Nepal Jan 24, Jan 25
NepalSat, Jan 25National Holiday
Kathmandu ValleyFri, Jan 24Regional Holiday
2019 Various Feb 5, Feb 6
Bhutan Feb 5, Feb 6
BhutanWed, Feb 6National Holiday
BhutanTue, Feb 5National Holiday
IndiaTue, Feb 5Regional Holiday
NepalTue, Feb 5National Holiday
2018 Various Jan 17, Feb 16, Feb 17
Bhutan Feb 16, Feb 17
BhutanSat, Feb 17National Holiday
BhutanFri, Feb 16National Holiday
IndiaWed, Jan 17Regional Holiday
NepalFri, Feb 16National Holiday
Tibetan New year, also known as Losar, is the most important festival in the Tibetan calendar
  Which countries observe Sonam Lochhar in 2020?
Bhutan  BhutanFeb 24National Holiday
India  IndiaJan 25Regional Holiday
Nepal  NepalJan 24Regional Holiday
Nepal  NepalJan 25National Holiday
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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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