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Shoton Festival in Tibet

Date: August (from the end of the 6th month to the early part of the 8th month of the Tibetan calendar)
Venue: Lhasa (Tibet)

The Shoton Festival is also known as the Yogurt Banquet Festival. The Shoton Festival has its beginning prior to the 17th century. By Buddhist discipline, monks are confined in their monasteries for several dozen days until summer is over. The day the "confinement" is over the local people treat the monks to banquets, at which yogurt is served liberally.

It is one of the grandest festivals in Tibet. During the festival, traditional Tibetan operas will be performed and fairs with various materials will be held.

Also there is the "Sunning the Buddha"; giant tangkha-portraits of the Buddha are brought out of the monasteries and unfolded in the sun for public display.