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  Tibet Butter Lamp Festival  
  (15th day of the 1st lunar month in Tibetan Calendar)

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It is the last day of the Great Prayer Festival The event was also established in 1409 by Tsong Khapa to celebrate the victory of Sakyamuni against heretics in a religious debate. In his dream, all beautiful flowers and trees appeared in front of Buddha. He commissioned monks to make flowers and trees with colored butter. This tradition has been maintained to this day. Various giant butter and butter sculptures, in forms of auspicious symbols and figures, are displayed on Barkhor Street, such as flowers, birds, and animals, Large scale butter sculptures about stories of Buddha, Princess Wencheng, Han story of `Monkey' and also Scaffoldings several stories high will be erected at many monasteries and thousands of lamps will be hung on them. The lantern show is held on the evening and last all night until dawn. The preparation takes a good part of four months. People keep singing and dancing in great joy throughout the festive nigh.

     
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