Qamdo Festivals and Activities
Qamdo festivals and activities tell you what to do during the festival tour in Qamdo, and they will surely enrich your Tibet tour. Tibetan Festivals are traditionally based on lunar calendar. Most of the Tibetan festivals on the Tibetan plateaus are deeply influenced by Buddhism or rich ancestral culture. During the festivals, all the people wear traditional costume and perform different traditional dances and ritual activities. Festival is the best way to experience the diverse culture and tradition of the local and their ethnic affinity.
Festivals in Qamdo
Tibetan New Year 藏历新年
The Tibetan calendar is a calendar created by the Tibetan people and has a history of more than 1,000 years. On New Year's Day, people bring their offerings and highland barley wine to their own crops to sacrifice the Harvest Goddess. Everyone in the ground set up a long pole, hanging streamer on the top of the pole, and wheat straw bound on the lower. People build an altar in front of the pole, and then simmering mulberry, singing, dancing, begging the Harvest Goddess a booming harvest. There are lots of New Year entertainments. From the beginning of the second day, the men take part in horse racing and archery, the arrow is a wooden cone drilled a lot of holes, when arrows are taken away from the string, people begin dancing and drinking around the campfire.
In Kham, there is a festival which has a long history and a wide range of influence, undoubtedly that is "Zhongque Festval". "Zhongqie Festival", means trade fair, which is a traditional trade-based festival. It is held on June 15 of the Tibetan calendar every year for one month. This set of activities, such as transactions, outing and Kora began in 1326 AD. So far, it has nearly 700 years of history.
Butter Lamp Festival 酥油花灯节
Yangle Festival 央勒节
The Tiaoshen Festival was originally a Buddhist festival held on Jan 28th and 29 th of the lunar month. The temple will hold a Tianshen activity on these two days, marking the beginning of spring ploughing and praying for good weather, abundant grain and a prosperous life. Every time when the Tiaoshen activity is performed, the nearby farmers and herdsmen gather at the place to watch performance, thus gradually turning the Buddhist event into a folk festival where Tibetan people exchange culture and do trade fair.
Activities in Qamdo
Besides the festivals, there also activities and cultural events held in Qamdo, which are also good opportunity to learn about the local ethnic culture and folk customs.
It is held between May and June in Tibet calendar every year. During the festival, Qamdo people would like to have a picnic outside the downtown and enjoy the performances.
Zhuoma Latso Culture Festival lasts for two days, including singing and dancing, sports activities and local product trade fair. It has contributed to the social and economic development of Lhorong County.
Horse Racing Festival will be held in Jomda, Gonjo, Zhagyab and Baxoi of Qamdo Prefecture from May to June every year in Tibetan calendar. It is in honor of the hero of Gesa King who won the horse racing.
The opening ceremony was held at the Museum of Ancient Tea-horse Road in Yanjing Town of Markam. The festival includes the activities such as tasting Jiajia noodles in Yanjing and experiencing the special food culture along the ancient road, visiting the Ancient Tea-horse Road Museum, and enjoying the charming scenery of Markam through Lancang River Grand Canyon, Markam Nature Reserve for Yunnan Golden Monkey and Butuo Lakes.