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Preparations underway for Tibetan New Year

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The Tibetan New Year, also known as Losar, is the most important festival in the Tibetan calendar. Preparations kick off over a two day period called Gutor - the last two days of the outgoing year. The first day of Gutor is spent house cleaning and decorating.

Preparations underway for Tibetan New Year. 

Cleaning up for a better Tibetan year - Yixidajie, a 70 year old farmer, has been living in this small village with his family for 70 years.

As the Tibetan New Year is approaching, he and his family are now busy with the house cleaning and decoration.

Yixidajie said,"It is very important to clean the house today. We want to welcome the new year in a clean and tidy home. That can bring us good luck in the new year!"

The kitchen is the first place that must be cleaned since it is where the family's food is prepared. Courtyard also needs to be clean and tidy. Cleaning is not easy, but everyone seems to have seeked joy out of the hard work.

Zhasang said, "we have a lot of work to do for the house cleaning. But still i am happy to do it since it is for the new year."

Besides cleaning, the finest decoration must be put on. The house is thoroughly painted new. Couplets and new curtains are purchased or sewn and put up on the doors and windows. A home decorated with religious offerings is the best place to welcome the New Year in the world.

Yixidajie family is just one of 3 million Tibetans who are now cleaning their homes for the coming Tibetan New Year of water dragon. It marks the most significant festival and the biggest celebration of the year for the Tibetans.

It's still two days before the Tibetan New Year, but tonight is the most important night for Yixidajie and his family. In a few hours, they'll gather for an annual dinner, where they'll eat guthuk, a traditional noodle soup made from nine different ingredients. Then they'll perform a special ceremony to drive away evil spirits, so everyone will have good luck in the New Year.

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