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Tibetans celebrate annual Bathing Festival

China Tibet Online)  09:48, September 17, 2012

Tibetans take baths to celebrate the annual Bathing Festival on Sep.12,2012. (Photo/

Tibetans celebrate their annual Bathing Festival. Believing that the water in this period has an extreme magic power to cure all, the people swarm to the riverside to take baths.

The Bathing Festival, called "Gama Rije" in Tibetan language, has a history of over 800 years in Lhasa, Xigaze and Shannan.

It generally lasts for seven days, between the sixth day to twelfth day of the seventh Tibetan month, which just coincides with the appearance in the sky of Venus, a sacred star.

The elders are thoroughly washing themselves, the youngsters are swimming, the children are playing with water; the ladies are also joining the wash as freely as the men.

Afterwards they will stay in tents or under umbrellas, drinking the barley wine and buttered tea, singing and dancing to their heart's content.

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