Celebrate an Ancient Festival with Tibetans in Lhasa
Shoton is one of the most famous and renowned Tibetan traditional festivals in Tibet. Shoton literally mean yogurt in the Tibetan language. The festival is dates back to the 16th century and was a monastic ritual then. Dozens of monks were on retreat for a number of days, and monks are prohibited from killing or going out. Local people would donate yogurt to the monks after completion of the fast. The 5th Dalai Lama introduced Tibetan Opera performances to the Shoton festival, and Norbulingka is the official venue of the annual festival. Shoton begins on the last day of the sixth month in the Tibetan calendar and lasts for a few days. Prominent events during Shoton are thankga exhibitions at Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Thousands of people queue up in the early morning to have audience with the sacred thangka exhibition. Shoton is a showcase of typical Tibetan traditions for global tourists and explorers. Norbulingka is fully packed with people, and you will observe local people singing and picnicking with their loved ones.