2015 Shoton Festival in Tibet
The 2015 Shoton Festival kicked off on 14th August in Tibet, the festival attracted over 200,000 dedicated Buddhists. The Drepung Monastery was filled with dedicated followers and the highlight was the 40 meter Thangka painting of the Buddha. The Shoton Festival is the largest festival of Tibet and dates back to the 11th century. In the morning the festival begins at 7:00AM with the Thangka painting being carried by lamas onto the platform, by 8:00AM scripture recitals will have begun.
Later on in the day Tibetan opera shows will be performed by the best performing troupes from Lhasa, Shigatse and Shannan. Taking place at Norbulingka Park the opera show lasts for 7 days. There is also horse and yak races which are hosted at the Lhasa Race Course which are always eventful with exciting competitions. The Shoton Festival is one of the best ways to experience Tibetan culture and learn about the sacred history and Buddhism of Tibet.