Losar (Tibetan: ལོ་གསར་, Wylie: lo-gsar; "new year"[1]) also known as Tibetan New Year, is a festival in Tibetan Buddhism.[2] The holiday is celebrated on various dates depending on location (Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, India) tradition.[3][4] 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.[1] In 2020, the new year commenced on the 24th of February and celebrations ran until the 26th of the same month. It also commenced the Year of the Male Iron Rat.[5]

Also calledTibetan New Year
Observed byTibetans, Bhutanese, Nepalese, Monpa
TypeTibetan culture, Tibetan Buddhist, New year
Related toGaldan Namchot, Losoong, Gyalpo Lhosar, Tamu Lhosar, Sonam Lhosar, other lunisolar new year festivals in Asia

The variation of the festival in Nepal is called Lhochhar and is observed about eight weeks earlier than the Tibetan Losar.[6]

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