Kailash Saka Dawa Festival TourKailash Saka
Dawa festival celebration date on June 9, 2017
Kailash Saka Dawa festival Tour is celebrating on the 15th day of the fourth month on the Tibetan calendar is said to be the birthday of Buddha Sakyamuni. On that day is Saka Dawa Festival (Saka Dawa Duechhen). Saka Dawa is the most important festival for Buddhism. In Hindu tradition, this month is called Vaisakhi and the full-moon day called Buddha Purnima. Sometimes, due to a discrepancy in the solar and lunar calendar, the celebration of the Buddha Purnima and Saka Dawa can differ as much as one month.
During Saka Dawa month, most of the important events in the life of Buddha happened. His birthday, accepting the vows of a monk, the day of his Parinirvana (Death) and most importantly, the day when he was enlightened all fall in this month. So it is believed that any merits that are collected during this month will have multiple effects. Therefore, avoiding negative deeds and engaging in positive deeds, especially during this month is advocated. The following precepts for 24 hours on holy day is recommended during this period. Not to kill, not to lie, not to steal and Not to take intoxicants. Avoid dark foods such as eggs, meat, onions, garlic, or radishes. There are many virtuous things you can do during this very special day (or any day). Put offerings on an altar, Meditate, Any Buddhist practice.
During this Saka Dawa month, at every monastery sutra are recited and ‘Cham’ dances are performed. It is said that good deeds in the month of this festival multiply 300 fold in return and this leads many people to donate large sums to the religious orders, monasteries and to the beggars that gather at this time of year. Gods in the heavens are believed to descend to the mortal world on this day. Incense is burnt in large scale and picnicking is enjoyed in the public parks. This is also the day when he died and attained Nirvana.
In Tibet, during this period, hundreds of thousands of people turn their prayer wheels on the street in Lhasa, and then paddle boats in the Dragon King Pool, and sing and dance in the afternoon. During the month of Saka-Dawa, marking Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana, many people join celebration and the monks in making tens of thousands of water bowl and light offerings to the Buddhas in the ten directions.
Every year on Saka Dawa day Nomadic biggest festival celebrates in Sarchung Na, Darboche on Mount Kailash Kora route. Huge Darboche Flag Pole is rise and put new lungta on flag pole. Many pilgrims from all over Tibet come to pay homage during this day. Travel during the festival is too rush and difficult to get rooms and Yaks. For the festival trip need to book in advance, to make sure visa and permit. Sometime Chinese authority seal border for tourist with period notice. Shambhala Holidays organize every year one group during Saka Dawa festival.