Kangra: Shree Balaji Hospital and College of Nursing Kangra CMD Dr Rajesh Sharma greeted the Tibetans on the occasion of Losar, the new year festival of the Tibetans community. “While celebrating Losar and welcoming the Iron Mouse New Year 2149, let us strengthen our bond of brotherhood amongst all communities and faiths and take our state to newer heights,” Dr Rajesh said in a message. “Let us promise to work together for the prosperity of every individual, community and region of our state.
Losar marks the beginning of the New Year in the Tibetan Lunar calendar that consists of 12 or sometimes 13 lunar months. Losar starts on the first day of the first month of the calendar, when the new moon is sighted. This usually corresponds to some time in February or March in the Georgian calendar. Historically, it has been recorded that the celebration of Losar began during the reign of the Tibetan King, Pude Gungyal, in the 7th century (The ninth King). On first day Tibetans, visit monasteries to pay tribute to gods and deities. They make offerings to the monks as well and give donations Houses are cleaned thoroughly and decorated while elaborate dishes are prepared.