Saga Dawa Festival 2019 date is June 17. What is Saga Dawa?
Saga Dawa is the festival celebrated by the Tibetan Buddhists. The festival is celebrated in the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar. Literally, “saga” means “the fourth” and “Dawa” means “month.” Saga Dawa is then the fourth month for the Tibetan Buddhists.
Saga Dawa festival is, therefore, the fourth-month festival when the Buddhists celebrate Buddha’s principles and teachings. The fifteenth day of this month which is a full moon day is the most important day in Buddhism. On this day, Buddha was born, got enlightened, and died.
The Tibetan Buddhists remind themselves of the Buddhist teaching, non-violence, altruism, generosity, forgiveness, and cooperation. Buddha’s teaching of how humans can get rid of sorrows and pain are of the central concern for the followers of even other religion.
Saga Dawa festival is popular among Tibetans, Buddhist followers from other countries, and also among trekkers because also of Mt. Kailash. Mt. Kailash is the most sacred abode of the Hindus as well as the Buddhists. The major event of the Saga Dawa festival on the full moon day takes place on the lap of Mt. Kailash.
Saga Dawa festival, Tibet highlights
- Saga means “the fourth” and Dawa means “month.” Together, Saga Dawa festival is the fourth month festival of Tibetans.
- Tibetan Buddhists celebrate this festival in memory of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. Buddha was born, enlightened, and died on the fifteenth day of this month.
- Saga Dawa festival date 2019 is on June 17th.
- Thousands of pilgrims go for their holy circuit around Mt. Kailash on this day.
- The most important part of the festival is placing a new flagpole on the way round to Mt. Kailash, the entire ritual guided by a Tibetan Lama (Buddhist priest).
- People from around Tibet come with their small flags and attach them to the main flagpole as it is erected high.
- Trekking lovers can also go through the Kailash Mansarovar lake and feel the sense of the Saga Dawa festival.
- The Chinese people call this festival “Qiong Ren Jie,” or the poor people’s day because the Tibetans are quite generous and give a lot of things on this day.
- Saga Dawa festival is also the Festival of Releasing Living Things. The kind Tibetan Buddhists release fish in the rivers, birds in the sky, and animals in the open land.
What to see at the Saga Dawa festival?
- The placement of the new flagpole with thousands of little flag attached to it.
- Hundreds and even thousands of Tibetan people circumambulating around the Barkhor and the Potala Palace.
- Buddhists monks recite prayers and the Tibetan people give the donation to the monks.
- No animal is killed or violence is done on the 15th day. Every hotels and restaurant serve vegetarian meals.
- After the prayers, the generous giving to the monks, and the monastery visit is over, the Tibetans go to Lhasa for the picnic. The prayer continues on the way to Lhasa.
- People have a deep reverence to Mt. Kailash. They kneel down and pray to the mountain.
Saga Dawa date 2019, when should I go?
To best observe the interesting events of the Saga Dawa festival, you should go on the full moon day of the month of May. This year, it is on June 17.
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