Posted on Tue June 11, 2024.

Meaning of Saga Dawa Duchen (Festival):

Saga" translates to "glowing star," and "Dawa" signifies "month." The Saga Dawa festival, also known as Saga Dawa Duchen, takes place on the full moon day of the 15th day in the fourth lunar month according to the Tibetan calendar.

This month-long festival commemorates three principal events in Buddha’s life: “his birth, enlightenment, and Parinirvana (death)”. Throughout this holy month, devotees engage in various religious and charitable activities, such as visiting sacred places, offering donations, and taking part in volunteer work. Many people adhere to the five basic teachings of Buddha, known as Panchasil, which include abstaining from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, wrong speech, and intoxication.

Celebration of Saga Dawa festival:
Saga Dawa is celebrated all over Tibet, with the most important site being Tarpoche in Kailash on the main full moon day. Here, hundreds of monks and devotees gather from across Tibet to participate in a special ceremony last day full moon, praying for peace and harmony and seeking blessings. Each year, devotees from Tibet and around the world travel to Kailash for pilgrimage.

The ancient capital of Lhasa and the second largest city of Tibet, Shigatse, are home to most of the major monasteries, temples, and palaces. Pilgrims travel for months from various parts of Tibet to these important cities to offer prayers for good health and happiness. This is an ideal time to visit and witness the rich religious and cultural heritage of Tibet.

Basanta Adventure organizes pilgrimage tours to Kailash and Lhasa, showcasing the profound religious and cultural heritage of Tibet.

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