TI­BETANS CEL­E­BRATE BUT­TER LAMP FES­TI­VAL

China Daily (Canada) - - TIBET - By XIN­HUA in Lhasa

Ti­betans lit but­ter lamps and prayed through the night in an an­nual fes­ti­val com­mem­o­rat­ing Tsong Khapa, a mas­ter of Ti­betan Bud­dhism, on Fri­day. At 4 pm, monks gath­ered for prayers at the Jokhang Temple in the heart of Lhasa, cap­i­tal of South­west China’s Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Thou­sands of pil­grims and be­liev­ers gath­ered around the temple to join the prayers.

More than 8,000 but­ter lamps were lit on top of the temple build­ing, in prayer halls and in monks’ res­i­dences.

“Gan­den At­sok” is cel­e­brated on the 25th day of the 10th month ac­cord­ing to the Ti­betan cal­en­dar. Tsong Khapa, the founder of the Gelupga, the “yel­low sect” of Ti­betan Bud­dhism, died on that day in 1419.

Monks chant su­tras in his praise. Be­liev­ers pray for hap­pi­ness and good health.

Yang­dron, a Lhasa res­i­dent, lit 108 lamps at her home. “I started to melt the but­ter two days be­fore the fes­ti­val. It is an im­por­tant day,” she said.

Last Fri­day, sim­i­lar cer­e­monies were held in monas­ter­ies at Sera and Zhai­bung, also in Lhasa.

PHO­TOS BY PUBU TASHI / XIN­HUA

Monks light but­ter lamps on the top of the Jokhang Temple.

A monk lights but­ter lamps on the top of the Jokhang Temple in the heart of Lhasa, cap­i­tal of South­west China’s Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

But­ter lamps are lit on the top of the Jokhang Temple dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

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