Shoton Yogurt Festival

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It is the opera festival and one of the grandest festivals in Tibet. In ancient times pious folks went into mountain hermitages for penance, and on the last day of which Yogurt was served for meal followed by entertainment of folk songs and daces. In course of period, Tibetan local opera was added to this otherwise exclusively religious event. From the beginning of the 18th century, the main site of the festival was moved to Norbu Lingka and celebrations became formalized which include shining of the Buddha’s portrait, folk amusement at the local park and performances of Tibetan operas. Popular fairs are also organized during the festival.

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