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Losar (Tibetan Lunar New Year)

On January 16th, 2015, members of the IU and Bloomington communities came together to welcome the Tibetan New Year in a celebration held by the Tibetan Studies Student Association. The celebration marked the beginning of the lunar year of the Female Wood Sheep. After a brief prayer by a monk from one of the local Buddhist centers, Dr. Elliot Sperling of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies gave a talk recounting notable events that had taken place during past years of the Female Wood Sheep. After his talk, a member of the Bloomington Tibetan community gifted Dr. Sperling a khata, a traditional ceremonial scarf. Food, including traditional Tibetan favorites, was then served. Afterwards, members of the TSSA performed Tibetan songs, both traditional and contemporary, and led members of the audience in a traditional Tibetan circle dance.