Losar is the Tibetan New Year, a festival that instills sacred and secular practices such as prayers, ceremonies, hanging prayer flags, sacred and folk dancing, and partying. It is an occasion to keep oneself in convivial spirit with family members, relatives, friends and neighbors. It is the most widely celebrated of all Tibetan festivals and represents a time for all things to be purified and renewed.The last two days of the old year are called Gutor, is when people begin to prepare for the New Year.
On the New Year’s Day, people wake up early and put on new clothes after having taken a bath. They then make offerings to the gods by placing them on their household shrines and worship them. This day family members also exchange gifts. Families have a reunion dinner, usually consisting of a kind of cake called kapse and an alcoholic drink called chang, which is drunk to keep warm.