The Year 2145 of the Earth Male Dog
Happy Losar to you all reading this. The year in the Tibetan calendar is 2145 – The Year of the Earth Male Dog as per the astronomical system based on the Kalachakra; the wheel of time tantra, which was translated into Tibetan from Sanskrit in 1027 A.D. where the Tibetan year also begins.
The Losar is celebrated mainly in Bhutan, and in Tibet and these days outside of Bhutan by Bhutanese expats living overseas as well. The New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in Bhutan which goes on for several days in many parts of the country. Everyone wishes everyone with the greeting “Tashi Delek!,” which is a wish for good health, happiness and good luck for the year ahead.
On the day of the New Year’s morning, people get up really early to wash and make offerings before the breakfast of specially prepared meal overnight. My family in Bhutan when I visited them arranged the day out for a picnic lunch. They prepared varieties of delicious meals at home to take. It is a day that mixes celebration with relaxation where most people would play archery our national game, dego, khuru, etc.
Losar Tashi Delek!