Lhasa, capital of Tibet, hailed the opening of the Shoton Festival, also known as "Yoghourt Festival", in front of the Potala Palace Square, on August 30.
As one of the traditional festivals in Tibet, Shoton Festival is gradually becoming a well-known festival with traditional and modern elements united in one. In Tibetan language, "xue" means "Yoghurt" and "dun" means "banquet", so it is also called "Yoghurt Festival".
Traditional programs, like Buddha painting unfolding and Tibetan opera, will be staged without exception while tourism, sports, commerce and other modern elements, are to be added in.
Originated from the mid-17th century, Shoton Festival has gradually changed into a festival with Tibetan opera and Buddha painting unfolding activities as a major part, hence, Tibetan people also call it "Buddha Painting Unfolding Festival" or "Tibet Opera Festival".
The festival will last till September 5.
In May 2006, Lhasa Shoton Festival was inscribed on the family of National Intangible Cultural Heritage List.