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Jolma R
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Celebrating Tibetan culture through stories, food and photography at http://beyondherkitchen.com
Celebrating Tibetan culture through stories, food and photography at http://beyondherkitchen.com

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ལོ་གསར་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས།Wishing you all a Happy #Losar.

Losar is the #Tibetan New Year. It’s the year of the dog. The holiday mixes both sacred and secular rituals. From a cultural perspective, Losar is like Christmas for Westerners.

Year after year, we relish the rich #heritage of Losar. Its preparation is serious business, including a yearly deep cleaning of the house, shopping for gifts, and specialty food items. It’s also the time to make a variety of treats and bake loaves of #Rebgong (Reb gong) bread in the number of 50 or more, ten- to twenty-five-inches in diameter each. All for gift giving.

There are practices of #ancient #traditions on Losar Eve and the next morning. Included are rituals of sang—offerings of smoke and fabric—to please local deities. The #spiritual gifts are meant to symbolize purification and greet the New Year. After an early breakfast of sha #momo (yak meat dumplings), which occurs at 2:00 or 3:00 AM, we pay a visit to others. The adults visit their parents if they aren’t living under the same roof. With #gifts in hand, making a special trip to visit families that lost a loved one in the previous year is also reserved for the grown-ups.

When I was a girl, my family would send us children to visit elders and relatives in the village. A gift package included the combination of a large piece or two of cooked meat and shole (a slender deep-fried bread), fruits and steamed dumplings stacked seven-high and wrapped up tight atop a loaf of Rebgong bread. And how could I not recall it? I was dressed in the traditional floor-length robe, coral jewelry, and hair braided in Tibetan style with #ornaments placed down my back. It was a ceremony to deliver this parcel to the respected elders (and show off my beautiful clothes).

Hosting dinner parties for the extended clan through the 15th day is a marathon event during Losar. With full of food-stuff decorations, one by one, dishes begin to appear: trays of yak, mutton, radish dumplings, sweet dumplings, stir-fried dishes, jogee sweet rice, and sha momo #dumplings piled on rows of tables in the enclosed courtyard of the house. Jokes, #singing, and #dancing are part of the fun.

Read the full story at: http://beyondherkitchen.com/2018/02/how-tibetans-celebrate-losar-new-year/

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Wishing you a very happy New Year and prosperous 2018.

2017 was a year of change. My little family relocated from Madison, Wisconsin, to Vancouver, Washington and then finally across the river to Portland, Oregon.

I’ve made changes before, moving from country to country and continent to continent, but never twice a year. Each move enabled me to meet new people, gain new perspectives, and experience the rich cultures new communities have to offer. My 2017 was no different.

New years always give opportunities for reflecting and celebrating, and for some undertaking to do things differently in the coming year.

And now that we settled in a lovely neighborhood, we thought we should celebrate our new home, a century-old house, with our new neighbors and new friends on January 12th. If you live elsewhere, please be with us in spirit.

It wouldn’t be a party without my Tibetan dishes. Along with Amdo Milk Tea, there are five staples I know will include on the menu. They are Momo dumplings, a noodle dish, bread flowers, Tsmpa (a quintessential Tibetan meal made of roasted barley, butter and touch of sugar), and Jeetuk (Tibetan sweet rice with red dates).

Wishing you good health, happiness, and success in the coming year.

Cheers to you, my friend.

http://beyondherkitchen.com/2017/12/a-year-to-celebrate/ #happynewyear #celebration #Tibetan
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With the same unleavened dough, dumplings for dinner today, flat bread for tomorrow morning, and pasties for lunch next week. Homemade and good for you, I'm ready for the week ahead, the Tibetan way. #tibetanfood #pasty #homemade #ethnicfood #diversity
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བོད་ཁང་། Tibetan lumber house with stunning wood carving work.
#tibetanhouse #lumberhouse #architecture #cultureappropriation #woodcarving #woodart
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བོད་ལྭ October sun maybe loosing its glory, but my traditional Tibetan clothes don't seem mind to get some light before the long winter hibernation. #tibetanclothes #tradtionalclothes #tibetancustoms #tibetanculture #silkrobes #ethnicwear #amdo #uniqueclothing #colorfulclothes
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རེབ་གོང་གཡིས་སྐྱབ། Yes, #Tibetan pan-bread for supper please. #rebgongbread #healthyfood #turmeric #flaxseeds #ethnicfood
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10/8/16
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ཚ་མོ My beautiful cousin in her traditional Tibetan clothing and coral jewelry. #tibetangirl #tibetancustume #ethnicchic #ethnicwear #silkrobes #colorfulculture #ancientstyle #rebgong #amdo #tibet
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Tibetan garlic chive dumplings (and flat bread) for supper. #garlicchives #garlicchivedumings #tibetanfood #traditionalfood #healthyfoods #ethnicfood
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Largest pasty ever; this beast feeds five people. Le's dig in.
#pasty #confortfood #richfood #healthyfoods #naturalfood #traditionalfood #tibetanfood #pasties
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