As the grandest of their religious festivals, The Great Prayer Festival is celebrated from the 8th to the 15th day of the first Tibetan month in Lhasa.
|Ethnic Tibetan monks perform religious dances at a monastery |
in Tongren, Qinghai province February 5, 2009. Local Tibetan
monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer
Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan
With a history of over 500 years, it is now the highest religious seminar of Tibetan Buddhism.
During the festival, they debate fiercely the Buddhist scriptures and hold religious examinations for learners of the Buddhist scriptures. Disciples from all over will come to worship the Buddha.