Butter Sculpture Festival

Butter Sculpture Festival

15th day of first lunar month
The celebration of the Buddhist New Year ( Losar) in Tibet is followed by Monlam, a two-week prayer festival. On the 15th day, everyone goes to a monastery to view the butter sculptures. The most famous are at Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet's capital. Completed over a period of months, the huge sculptures are made out of yak butter pigmented with dyes. They are fastened to 30-foot-high frames for display purposes and illuminated by special butter lamps. Each monastery maintains a workshop where its own artists shape the cold-hardened butter into depictions of legends, or other themes, different each year.
SOURCES:
BkHolWrld-1986, Mar 9
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 86