Happy Zhang Zhung New Year!

Ceremonial dance during Himalayan Losar. Photo credit: Unknown

January 25th, 2020 is the 1st day of the 12th month according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. This was Losar, or New Year’s Day, for the ancient kingdom of Zhang Zhung that ruled over a vast area including Tibet.

Today is also known as Sonam Losar, Himalayan Losar, or Peasants Losar. It continues to be widely celebrated in Dolpo, Nepal as well as in select other regions of Tibet. Originally, it was celebrated as the beginning of the New Year throughout all of Tibet. However, the modern date that is celebrated by all Tibetans as the beginning of the new year is the 1st day of the 1st lunar month. This is the Royal New Year and in 2020 that date coincides with February 24th.

For those celebrating today as New Year’s Day it is the beginning of the male metal rat year.

The 1st king of the ancient land of Zhang Zhung, King Triwer Lajé.

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Posted on January 25, 2020, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Why does the picture of King Triwer look like Guru Rinpoche?

  2. Hi Paul, if you look closely, you will notice that the two figures are depicted quite differently.They have different hand objects and hand positions. Most notably, one of the ways to identify kings or high lamas of Zhang Zhung is by the horned crown/hat that they wear that is fashioned in the shape of a helmet. The horns represent the horns of a garuda. In fact, each of the 18 Zhang Zhung kings held the title “Jaru chen,” “the possessor of bird horns.” The 1st king held the title “Ser gyi Jaru chen,” “the possessor of golden bird horns” because the horns of his crown were golden. Raven

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