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Great Prayer Festival

Date: January 8th through to the 14th of the Tibetan calendar
Venue: Jokhang Temple, Lhasa (Tibet)

The Great Prayer Festival ((Smom-lam) is the grandest religious festival in Tibet. Thousands of monks far and near will gather for prayers, theological debates and examinations are taken for Geshe, a doctoral degree in Buddhist theology, at the lamasery. Pilgrims travel from everywhere to listen to the sermons.