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From: China Tibet Online 2012-02-24 10:49:00
by: Claire Wang
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Must-do of Losar: Dancing

Tibetans who live in the snow-covered highland are mysterious and holy. They are also, generally speaking, good at singing and dancing. There are two sayings in Tibet that "Tibetans who can walk can also dance." and "The Tibetans who can talk can also sing." Tibetans are born good at singing and dancing, make the snow covered highland a well-known "song and dance sea."

The Tibetan dance is a display of Tibetan life. It's the cultural accumulation of the 5000 years of the history of Tibet. It shows the life of the people who conquered the highest mountain in the world and it shows the ability and wisdom of the Tibetan people. It's the treasure of the Chinese civilization and it has already had its own status in the art and literary circles in the world.

The folk Tibetan dance usually combines singing and dancing. The custom of carrying water on their back gives them a lean figure. Because they wear special Tibetan long gown, they all tend to have a special beauty which is known as the "Same Direction". The "Same Direction" means that the hands and the feet of the dancers move in the same direction and makes special well-regulated movements.

Tibetans believe in Tibetan Buddhism. Their devotional faith makes their dance more religious. For thousands of years, the ancient Tibetan created a special religious dance in fighting against the nature and the enemies. Nowadays, many kinds of Tibetan dances have spread all over the highland like the stars in the sky and show their special splendor and charisma.

The Tibetan New Year has entered its second day. Thousands of people are celebrating at Potala Palace Square in Lhasa - capital of the Tibetan Autonomous  Region - dancing hand in hand, and making wishes for a  better life ahead. [Photo/Chinanews.com] 

People sing and dance to celebrate the Tibetan New Year in Kangding county, Southwest China's Sichuan province, Feb 21, 2012. The Tibetan New Year, which falls on Wednesday. [Photo/Xinhua]

Tibetan students, who study in Yingkou, Liaoning Province, celebrate the Tibetan New Year with local officers and soldiers on Feb. 20, 2012. The Tibetan New Year, which falls on Wednesday, is the most important festival for Tibetans. [Photo/CFP]

Students of the Shandong Ji'nan Tibet Middle School sing Tibetan folk songs to celebrate Losar, New Year of the Tibetan calender, in Ji'nan, east China's Shandong Province, Feb. 22, 2012. [Photo/ Xinhua]

Students of the Tibetan ethnic group perform dance to celebrate Losar, New Year of the Tibetan calender, at No. 35 Middle School in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province, Feb. 22, 2012. More than 400 students of the Tibetan ethnic group gatherd here on Wednesday to celebrate Losar, one of the most important festivals for the people of the Tibetan ethnic group. [Liu Junxi/Xinhua]

Students of Tibetan ethnic group dance during a performance celebrating Losar, New Year of the Tibetan calender,in Taiyuan, north China's Shanxi Province, Feb. 22, 2012. [Photo/ Xinhua]



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