Tibetan Losar listed as legal holiday
Losar — the Tibetan New Year — is the greatest festival in Tibet. In ancient times when the peach tree was in blossom, it was considered as the starting of a new year. Since the systematization of the Tibetan calendar in 1027 AD., the first day of the first month became fixed as Losar, the New Year. Tibetans begin preparing for New Year's Day in the 12th month in the Tibetan calendar, with initial activities including the use of green shoots of highland barley as offerings...

Traditional Tibetan New Year's Day falls on February 25 this year and the holiday in 2009 will last from February 23 to March 1.
Celebrations

First spring snow greets Tibetan New Year

Traditional Tibetan clothes popular as Tibetan New Year draws near

Needy Tibetans get subsidy ahead of Tibetan Losar

Markets bustle with Tibetan Losar shoppers

Tibetans in Shanghai greet upcoming new year

Jubilant Tibetans embraces coming new year

Tea party held in Lhasa to celebrate upcoming new year

Folk artists perform for villagers to celcebrate Losar

Tibetan Losar Gala

Rehearsal for Tibetan Losar celebration

Performers rehearse for Losar party

Tibetans in Qinghai greet Losar