Tibetan people celebrate 'year of fire dog'
GOV.cn Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Orphaned and disabled students of the Lhasa Caiquan Welfare School dance to celebrate the New Year's Day of the Tibetan ethnic group in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 28, 2006. The region was immersed in joyful atmosphere on Feb. 28, the first day of the Tibetan New Year, "the Year of the Fire Dog". Tibetan people put on splendid garments and celebrated the New Year by holding "Qiema", a two-tier rectangular wooden box containing roasted barley and food prepared with butter, parched barley meal and sugar, and the wine of qingkebarleya highland barley. "Zaxideleg", a greeting of the Tibetan language meaning "good luck to you", was frequently heard in high streets and back lanes. The New Year is one of the Tibetan ethnic group's most important festivals, which enjoys a history of thousands of years. [Xinhua Photo]


Dawa, an orphaned boy of the Lhasa Caiquan Welfare School, smiles as he stands beside "Qiema", Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 28, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


Children of the Lhasa Caiquan Welfare School perform the Guozhuang dance, a kind of folk dance of the Tibetan ethnic group, to celebrate the New Year's Day in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 28, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


Two lamas prepare the offerings for the New Year in the Gongdelin Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 28, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


Photo taken on Feb. 28, 2006 shows colorful yak butter flowers, a kind of offering placed on the Buddhist niches, in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The yak butter flower is one of the marrows of the Tibetan ethnic group's traditional culture. The yak butter was dyed with different colors and made into different shapes, including flowers, animals or the legendary God. [Xinhua Photo]


Sheepsheads and yak butter flowers, offerings placed on the Buddhist niches, are sold at a market in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 28, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


A lama is to fly a balloon for best wishes for the New Year in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 28, 2006.[Xinhua Photo]


People turn the prayer wheels on the doorway of the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 28, 2006.[Xinhua Photo]


Air hostesses of Sichuan Air company enjoy a local family's celebration of Tibetan new year's day in Lhasa, capital of Southwest China's Tibetan Autonomous Region, Feb. 28, 2006.[Xinhua Photo]


Two girls living in a children welfare institute celebrate the Tibetan new year's day in Lhasa, capital of Southwest China's Tibetan Autonomous Region on February 28, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]

 
Editor: Yang Lei
Source: Xinhua