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Kangding Paoma Mountain International Assembly for Moving Round the Sacred Mountain
Time: The eighth day of the fourth month by the Tibetan calendar every year
Venue: Paoma Mountain in Kangding, the capital of the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
Kangding Paoma Mountain International Assembly for Moving Round the Sacred Mountain


Origin: The eighth day of the fourth month by the Tibetan calendar is a traditional ethnic festival of the Kangding people. Legend has it that Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism, was born on the eighth day of the fourth month by the Tibetan calendar. In the Tibetan language, Sakyamuni was called "Poingyo Dawa" meaning the '15 times of the moon'. According to Buddhism, if one chants scriptures in the month, and does one good deed, one will accumulate 15 times of virtue. On the contrary, if one does one evil deed in the month, one will get 15 times of retribution for sin. Hence at the birthday of Sakyamuni, a large Buddhist service is held. During the assembly, the Conch Band is formed, consisting of lamas of the Buddhist temples in Kangding, who hold prayer flags, beat drums, play souna horns and other musical instruments, and chat scripture, followed by numerous laymen. This activity is commonly known as the "assembly for moving round the sacred mountain.' Legend has it that after the founder of Buddhism was born, he took a bath in the Nine-Dragon Pond,  hence another name the Bathing-the-Buddha Festival.


What's On: Buddhist services, walking clockwise around the sacred mountain, and performances of songs and dances, Sichuan Opera and Tibetan Opera.

Main Tourist Attractions: Gongga mountain Scenic Area, Conch Ravine Scenic Zone, Mogai Co Scenic Area, Tarkung Monastery, Letang Monastery and Tarkung Grassland.
Transport: Tourists may fly to Chengdu first, and then go to Kangding by train.

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