Losar (Tibetan New Year)
Losar (Tibetan: ལོ་གསར་, Wylie: lo-gsar; “new year”/藏历新年) is a festival in Tibetan Buddhism. The holiday is celebrated on various dates depending on location (Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan) tradition. The holiday is a new year’s festival, celebrated on the first day of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar, which corresponds to a date in February or March in the Gregorian calendar. In 2018, the new year commenced on the 16th of February and celebrations will run until the 18th of the same month. It also commenced the Year of the Male Earth Dog.The variation of the festival in Nepal is called Lhochhar and is observed about eight weeks earlier than the Tibetan Losar.