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Shoton Festival in Tibet

Shoton Festival in Tibet

Shoton Festival, which means Yogurt Banquet in Tibetan, is the liveliest summer festival in Tibet. In the past, lamas locked themselves away in their monasteries during this season to devote themselves entirely to Buddhism for a month. When their retreat was over, the lamas left their monasteries to accept donations from the local people. Normally, people gave them yogurt, held yogurt banquets and put on special performances to welcome them. Nowadays, in the early morning of this festival, people crowd into the Drepung Monastery to watch the unfolding of the Buddha. To Buddhists, this holy ceremony is a purification of the spirit and the soul. Later this festive occasion is celebrated by performing Tibetan Opera in Norbulingka, so it is also named the 'Tibetan Opera Festival'. More about Shoton Festival