Gyantse Dama Festival

Gyantse Dama Festival (江孜达玛节)is a traditional Tibet festival for the Tibetans in Gyantse Area. It is said the first Dama Festival was originally for the celebration of the completion of the Palkhor Monastery and the Octagonal Pagoda in Gyantse Area. This festival is established in 1408 and the farmers and herdsmen from every parts of Tibet gather in Gyantse for horse racing, archery competitions, horsemanship display followed by few days’ entertainment or picnicking. These days, ball games, track and field events, tug of war are also playing at the field for about a week. The businessmen from every part of the Tibet display some local products and butter system is still there. Generally, the celebration would last for about one week.