Losar around the world in 2022

Losar around the world in 2022

  How long until Losar?
  Dates of Losar around the world
2023 Various Feb 21, Feb 22
Bhutan Feb 21, Feb 22
BhutanWed, Feb 22National Holiday
BhutanTue, Feb 21National Holiday
IndiaTue, Feb 21Regional Holiday
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
2020 Various Feb 24, Feb 25
Bhutan Feb 24, Feb 25
BhutanTue, Feb 25National Holiday (additional day)
BhutanMon, Feb 24National Holiday
IndiaMon, Feb 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

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

  Which countries observe Losar in 2022?
  BhutanFeb 1, Feb 2National Holiday
  IndiaFeb 1Regional Holiday
  NepalFeb 2National Holiday

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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