Culture of Tibet

Tibetan culture has been influenced by its neighboring culture- Nepal, India and China, however, for most part of its history, the land remained isolated from outside world and hence, developed a distinct culture that is still existent today. Tibetans are deeply religious people and Buddhism has influenced Tibetan culture strongly. The influence can be seen on Tibetan art, literature, and music which all contain Buddhist beliefs and are religious in nature. Tibetan cuisine has not much variety because of the lack of crops that grow in the country. Tsampa, dough made from Barley flour was the staple food which would be offered with tea. Bhale, flatbread is another staple which is eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner accompanied by spicy stew of meat with potatoes. Another important Tibetan dish is Thenthuk, thick broth of noodles mixed with vegetables and meat. This is a perfect dish for the cold weather of Tibet.

Tibetans drink butter tea which is known for generating heat in the body. Losar is the major festival, which marks a new year in the Tibetan calendar, and usually falls in the month of February. Even today, the Tibetan diaspora continue to wear their traditional Tibetan dress known as Chupa. The polygamy system is still practice in Tibet.

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