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Samye Monastery celebrates Surapitaka Festival

Time: 2013-07-01

Surapitaka Festival was celebrated on June 24th (May 14th of Tibetan calendar) at Tibet’s oldest monastery-Samye Monastery.

Lamas and Buddhist monks wearing traditional costumes and masks dance around circle, the performers act wizards, witches and warriors in golden armor, which combines scripture chanting in perfect unison with religious music.
According to Dawa, vice director of the temple's administrative committee, the celebration of Sutra-pitaka festival in the Samye Monastery has been carried on for more than 1,200 years and the celebration rituals have been inherited and protected very well.
It is estimated that this year's Sutra-pitaka Festival would attract more than 6,000 monks, believers, and tourists.
Samye Monastery is located in Lhoka Prefecture of south Tibet. It’s about 170km from Lhasa, and is famous for its sacred mandala design: the central temple symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, center of the universe. It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, some of whom travel on foot for weeks to reach it.
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