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Lunar New Year and Losar

In Tibetan culture  March 3 will be the first day of Losar. By the Tibetan calendar, this will be the first day of the Water Tiger year of 2149.

Losar-related rituals are actually divided into two quite distinct parts. First, we close out the old year and bid goodbye to all its bad aspects and negativities, with activities that center on the eve of the last night of the year, the 29th day – Nyi Shu Gu – of the Tibetan calendar. Only after that do we turn our attention to welcoming the Losar –  the “new year”  – and inviting all good, auspicious things into our homes and our lives.