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The Butter Lamp Festival

The Butter Lamp Festival, Chunga Choepa in Tibetan, falls on the 15th of the 1st Tibetan month. The event was also established by Tsong Khapa to celebrate the victory of Sakyamuni against heretics in a religious debate. Various giant butter and Tsampa sculptures, in forms of auspicious symbols and figures, are displayed on Barkhor. People keep singing and dancing throughout the festive night.


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