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Lhasa at New Year
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Editor: Tom from Australia  Edited Date:2006-8-2 20:03:17   Visitors:2531   
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Prepare to be stunned if you choose to travel to Tibet for their New Year's celebrations. In, 2006 it fell on the same days as Chinese New Year and made for one hell of a show. Pilgrims from all over Tibet made their way into town, by foot, by prostration, by bike or beast. They all came dressed in their ethnic best, long heavy dark robes, 1 arm slung off the shoulder, long thick plaited black hair adorned in heavy jewels, ruddy thick skinned faces. Truly a unique sight. They made their way to town to partake in the circuits around the temples and monestaries. The main site, Johkang Temple in the centre of town, attracted the most consistant crowd and was a fascinating way to spend time at different periods of the day. Pilgrims circum-ambulating the temple, prostrating flat on the floor, taking 3 steps and laying flat again, all the way around, multiple times. Men, grannies, kiddies, everyone. Filthy, only concerned that their actions will win them merit for an improved situation in the next life. Superstition and ethnic culture is thick in the air and makes for an intriguing adventure. Food for thought and gratitude building. 

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