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Potala Palace gets its annual whitewash

  • Source : VTIBET.com Author : Tenzin Woebom Time : 11/01/2019 Editor : Tenzin Woebom

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    Carrying buckets, workers and local volunteers wait in line to fetch white paint. [Photo/VTIBET.com]

     

    Winter may not be a perfect season for visiting Tibet, but you may have a chance to see how the 1,300-year-old Potala Palace in Lhasa is having its yearly facelift. VTIBET.com reported.

     

    To help Potala Palace retaining its magnificent and attractive exterior after almost a year's exposure to the sun and rain, Lhasa starts annual whitewashing of the Potala here on November 1, 2019.

     

    Lots of local volunteers take part in the whitewashing project. They not only donate milk, honey, brown sugar, crystal sugar, white sugar and other raw materials to Potala but also play active parts in the painting work.

     

     

    Local volunteers join the team for whitewashing the Potala Palace. [Photo/VTIBET.com]

     

    “Potala Palace is a sacred place for Tibetan Buddhism like us. I have the good fortune to participate in the annual whitewashing project. I'm so excited that I can join the team for whitewashing the palace. It's my merits and virtues of this life," said 58-year-old Tashi Tsering with a big smile.

     

    It's said that the annual whitewashing should be done before the Lhabab Duchen for celebrating the Buddha Shakyamuni descending from Tushita Heavens to the earth. Lhabab Duchen is one of the Buddhist festivals, which occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth month of Tibetan calendar. Before Lhabab Duchen, many monasteries and local people's homes are also repainted.

     

    In addition to greet Buddha with clean and beautiful appearance, whitewashing Potala is more important to protect the building itself.

     

     

    Carrying buckets, workers and local volunteers wait in line to fetch white paint. [Photo/VTIBET.com]

     

    "Commonly, we paint the White Palace first and then the Red Palace. Potala Palace consists of the Red Palace, which is its central building, rising above the other main structures, the White Palace, on the other hand, forms the eastern part of the Potala Palace,"said Kunga Tashi, deputy director of Management Office of Potala Palace.

     

    "We choose white clay near Yangbachen, and red clay from Ngari, because the clay there is more pure, fine-grained, sticky, easy to dry and not easy to be damaged by rain and sunlight. The whitewash paste is concocted using a traditional formula of bone glue, milk, white sugar, brown sugar and those special clay," said Kunga, adding that painting of buildings on a regular basis is common in Tibet and a necessary protection against extremes of weather.

     

     

    Carrying buckets, workers and local volunteers wait in line to fetch white paint. [Photo/VTIBET.com]

     

     

    Local volunteers join the team for whitewashing the Potala Palace. [Photo/VTIBET.com]

     

     

    Local volunteers join the team for whitewashing the Potala Palace. [Photo/VTIBET.com]

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