Saga Dawa Festival 2024 May 15

Updated on 2023 August 5th. 

བོད་ཟླ་བཞི་པ་ནས་ས་ག་ཟླ་བ་ཞེས་བདག་ཅག་གི་སྟོན་པ་ཤཱཀྱ་ཐུབ་པའི་དུས་ཆེན་ཡིན་  萨噶达瓦节又称佛吉祥日。藏历四月十五日举行。Saga means Fourth and Dawa means Month. Saga Dawa festival is celebrated in the Tibetan Lunar calendar 15th of the year's fourth Month.

Why Saga Dawa is important?

The most important reason to celebrate Saga Dawa is the Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. This is the month Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world, this is the month of Buddha Shakyamuni's enlightenment and finally, Buddha Shakyamuni reaches the Parinirvana. Three important festivals for a follower of Buddha Shakyamuni in one month, making it the most important festival for Buddhists. 

Best months to acquire merit

Since it is a very auspicious month so in this month every Buddhist should take this opportunity to acquire lots of good merit from our body, speech, and mind. 

Tibetans Spiritual activities

During this month, many Tibetans will avoid eating meat, making kora at monasteries, prostration around Jhokang Temple and Potala Palace, and chanting as much as they can, most importantly acquiring positive karmic deeds.

Beauties of this festival

In many festivals, people celebrate by eating lots of meat and drinking lots of alcohol, and playing games but the beauty of the Saga Dawa festival is Buddhists avoid doing those things since Buddhists believe these things are creating more negative karma so Buddhist focus on doing more meditation, reading scripture and giving alms or money to beggars, in conclusion, Buddhist do all their best to train their mind with compassion. That is the main beauty of this festival. 


Photo: The large Prayer flag pole at Tarboche

Saga Dawa Festival travel destination  

Mount Kailash is the favorite chosen travel destination for the Saga Dawa festival. The large Prayer flag pole at Tarboche near Darchen town will gather many Tibetans to celebrate the Tibetan Lunar Calendar's fourth month 15th.

Dates of Saga Dawa

The Saga Dawa festival for the year 2024 will be celebrated on May 23rd, the full moon day. Join our 16-day Saga Dawa festival tour starting in the year 2024 on May 15th by sending us an email at

Saga Dawa festival for the year 2025 will be celebrated on June 11th, the full moon day.

Saga Dawa festival for the year 2026 will be celebrated on May 31st, the full moon day.

Saga Dawa festival for the year 2027 will be celebrated on June 18th, the full moon day.

Written By :Tenzin

Jun 29, 2023


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