Fairy's Day celebrated in Tibet

2017-12-06 11:10:35 | From:China Tibet Online

Tibetans celebrate Fairy's day

On December 3, the square in front of Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital city of southwest China's Tibet, was livelier than usual and full of people, mostly Tibetan women all dressed up to celebrate their festival, known as Fairy's Day according to Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Protector deity of Jokhang Temple, Palden Lhamo. 

Fairy's Day is marked on the 15th day of the 10th month in Tibetan calendar, which falls on December 3 this year. It is a day to worship Palden Lhamo, the protector deity of Jokhang Temple and also of the women who can bring them happiness and beauty. As a result, the day is also seen as women's day in Tibet.


Dancing in front of Palden Lhamo. 

Legend says that Palden Lhamo was invited to be the protector deity at Jokhang Temple by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. In Tibetan Buddhism, the goddess  manifests in different incarnations, and Palden Lhamo appears with a wrathful black frog's face, whose appearance can frighten demons everywhere.

The day is also seen as women's day in Tibet.

On the 15th day of the 10th month in Tibetan calendar, the statue of the goddess is carried out of Jokhang Temple and paraded through Lhasa, where it is finally brought to the southern bank of the Lhasa River. There is a temple on the other side of the river that commemorates the ancient general Tri Dzongtsan, the goddess' lover. The statue of Palden Lhamo is brought to the river so that she and her lover can gaze at each other and be reunited.


Drinking highland barley wine.

Because of this legend, every year on this day, the women of Lhasa put on their best clothes and jewelry, rise early to go to the Jokhang Temple, and worship the frog-faced goddess. They will also drink highland barley wine and sing and dance to celebrate the festival. A special custom of this day is that women can ask money from men at home or on the street in order to receive blessings.


Editor: Ana Wu

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