Your current position: Home > Tibet News

Butter Lamp Festival 2019 and the 600th Anniversary of the Parinirvana of Tsongkhapa

Time: 2020-01-07 11:13:34

On December 21, 2019, befell Tibet’s Butter Lamp Festival, which is held annually to commemorate the parinirvana of Tsongkhapa, on the Tibetan Lunar calendar’s October 25. The commemoration usually lasts for one day. And the activities include lighting up butter lamps on the shrines and roofs of the monasteries and temples as well as in the households of laypeople, and keeping them burning all night.
Butter Lamp Festival  
Butter Lamp Festival Ceremony 


What made the Butter Lamp Festival of 2019 different from the previous ones, was that it was the 600th anniversary of Tsongkhapa’s ascension to parinirvana. Jokhang Temple, Ganden Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery all held the traditional ceremonies to express the gratitude to Tsongkhapa and pray for the wellbeing of living creatures. 

During the past festival, butter lamps were lit up with the characters of “600” to pay tribute to Tsongkhapa. The numerous lamps illuminated brightly, making a touching image of light river, which was magnificent and beautiful to behold.

Knowledge about the Butter Lamp Festival and Tsongkhapa

Tsongkhapa was the reformer of Tibetan Buddhism and the founder of the Gelug Sect, the current dominant school of Tibetan Buddhism among the five main sects. 

Butter Lamp Festival
Butter Lamp Festival in Lhasa

He was born in 1357 and died on October 25, 1419, according to Tibetan lunar calendar. When Tsongkhapa was a primary Buddhist monk, he was a devoted learner whose study involved eclectic sects then, absorbing the doctrines from Sakya School, Kagyu School and Nyingma School and some subsects. He strictly abided by the principles of Buddhism and praised deeds matching with words. He also spared no efforts to spread the spirit of Tibetan Buddhism, and gained his reputation through hard practices and philosophical achievements. Tsongkhapa was believed as the embodiment of the Manjusri Bodhisatta, also addressed respectfully as the Second Buddha. 

During his time, The Tibetan Buddhism was going through its degeneration and suffering from the political struggle. Tsongkhapa wanted to create something totally different from the already corrupt religious systems. The religious reform led by Tsongkhapa, passed on by his disciples, had then brought a renaissance to Tibetan Buddhism. 
 

Related articles

Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival-22 March 2020 The Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival this year is confirmed as March 22, 2020. And the venue for opening ceremony is still in Gala Village, which is 17 km from Bayi Town, the city center of Nyingchi.
Nyingchi Railway Station will be open in October 2021 The whole construction project of Nyingchi Railway Station was expected to be completed and open in October 2021, the China Tibet News reported on December 31, 2019.

After the completion of the project, Nyingchi Railway Station will be Tibet’s third prefecture-level railway station providing passenger and freight service, after the regional capital Lhasa and the regional second largest city Shigatse.
Lhasa- Nyingchi highway to open by the end of July The high-grade highway between Lhasa and Nyingchi is expected to open by the end of July, 2015.
Tibet Airlines to open two new air routes Tibet Airlines will begin operating two new air routes linking Lhasa with Shenzhen and Changsha in China.
Everest Base Camp to Reopen Mt Everest Base Camp in Tibet will reopen to tourists on July 1st, according to local tourism authorities.
Top 10 news stories in Tibet in 2014 2014 is over, this news is about the 10 top stories happened this year.
Have a question?
Full Name *:
Email Address *:
Your message to Us :

Recommend other popular Tibet tours

North Everest Base Camp Tour in 8 Days
North Everest Base Camp Tour in 8 Days Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / EBC Most popular Everest Base Camp adventure tour begins in Lhasa with its historic architectural monuments and monasteries. This tour includes all of the best sights, sounds, and smells Tibet has to offer. The expedition to the great Mt. Everest, one of earth’s most remote corners, could also give you a chance to view the sunrise and sunset there. You can do nothing but feel marvel for the nature’s masterpiece. 8 Daysfrom: $800
Overland Tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu in 7 Days
Overland Tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu in 7 Days Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / EBC / Kathmandu Travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp adventure tour includes featured historic sites and natural beauty in Tibet. Taking a ‘heart beating’ walk at the Everest Base Camp, gazing at the mysterious north face of mighty Mt. Everest, watching the snowcapped majestic Himalayan mountain range passing by, you will feel the power of the nature and your spirit will be cleansing. That’s the meaning of travelling in Tibet! 7 Daysfrom: $950
Mout Kailash Pilgrimage in 15 Days
Mout Kailash Pilgrimage in 15 Days Lhasa/Gyantse/Shigatse/EBC/Lake Monasarovar/Kailash Mt. Kailash is the most sacred place in Tibet, every year, many people make a pilgrimage here, they believe circumambulating it will bring good fortune. This group tour covers all the must seeing places and scenic spots in Tibet, which is very similar to our 8 Days’ Mt. Everest tour, but it drives further to the wild northern part. Join this spiritual tour to follow the pilgrim to experience a different Tibet! 15 Daysfrom: $1850
Plan your Tibet tour with our travel consultants We will get back to you within 24 hours INQUIRE NOW