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When is the Shoton Festival held in 2019?

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When is the Shoton Festival held in 2019?

The opening ceremony of Shoton Festival will be held on August 30th, 2019 (which is the 30th day of the sixth month under the Tibetan Calendar) under solar calendar. The festival will last for one week, and ends on September 5th. There will be unfolding giant painting of the Buddha during the opening ceremony in Drepung Monastery. Before the 17th century, “Shoton” was a purely religious activity. In the mid-17th century, however, the Tibetan opera performance was added, when the Shoton Festival assumed a fixed form. Besides the original Tibetan opera performance, performances by literature and art troupes of Tibet, and other countries are also offered, making the occasion more boisterous.

The major activities during the Shoton Festival period:

1. The giant painting of Buddha display in Drepung Monastery: The Buddha painting display will be held on the very first day of Shoton Festival (the 30th day of the sixth month in the Tibetan calendar which is equal to the solar calendar of August 30th, 2019. Tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world came to watch the lively Buddha painting.

2. The giant painting of Buddha display in Sera Monastery: In addition to displaying the Buddha painting in Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery will likewise hold the same ceremony during the day.

3. Tibetan opera performance in Norbulingka, hence nowadays it has become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. Initially, it is the summer residence during the reign of the Eighth Dalai Lama.

4. Lingka Festival: It is actually like the activity of outside picnic. Local Tibetan would gather with their relatives and friends to sing, dance, and drink together. The activities in Norbulingka are considering the highlight and the most swinging place during the Sholton Festival.

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