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Sample Special Events

Read about some of our special events in 2013.

February 11, 2013 - Losar (Tibetan New Year)

Year of the Water Snake

Losar (Tibetan New Year) is observed on the first day of the first lunar month of the Tibetan calendar. Tibetans celebrate this holiday by gathering at the local temple to make offerings and special prayers for the new year. It is a joyful time marked by wearing new clothes, giving gifts, enjoying special foods and drinks, and visiting the homes of friends and relatives.

March 10, 2013 - Tibetan Uprising Day

March 10th marks the anniversary of the first major Tibetan demonstration against the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. Each year on this date, Tibetans come together to voice their continued protest and to honor those Tibetans who have died throughout the struggle for Tibetan independence from China.

June 8, 2013 - Saka Dawa

Saka Dawa commemorates the anniversary of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana, all of which took place on the 15th day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar. Saka Dawa is traditionally celebrated for one full month; any virtuous acts performed during this month are multiplied 100,000 times. There will be a special Tsok offering for Saka Dawa on at 10:00 AM at Namgyal Monastery, 412 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY. The resident Namgyal monks will first give a brief introduction on the significance of the day, and then conduct the Guru Puja that follows. This event is free and open to the public. All are invited and welcome to attend!

July 6, 2013 - Birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

July 6th marks the birth of is Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, in 1935. On this day, Tibetans traditionally gather at the local temple to remember the auspiciousness of the event and to make special long-life prayers for His Holiness.

Special prayers will be recited for the long-life of His Holiness at 9:00 AM on July 6th at Namgyal Monastery, 412 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY.

The prayer ceremony will be led by the resident Namgyal monks and the sweet tea and rice will be hosted by the Tibetan Association of Ithaca. All in the community are invited and welcome to attend.

July 12, 2013 - Chokhor Duchen

Among the Buddha's deeds, his deeds of speech are considered to be the most supreme. After attaining enlightenment, Buddha Shakyamuni gave his first teaching -- the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma -- in order to help liberate sentient beings from samsara or cyclic existence. The subject of his teaching was The Four Noble Truths, which he taught in Deer Park in the city of Benares in Sarnath, India. This day, known as Chokhor Duchen in Tibetan Buddhism, is honored in all Buddhist traditions.