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.
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