Horse racing plays an essential role in many local holidays as horses hold a special place in Tibetan hearts. Some horse festivals still follow the traditional pre-battle ceremony rules. According to ancient records, strong and wise King Gesar of Ling would practice horseback archery every time before battle. Tibetans worship his courage and toughness.
Weather in Tibet is the most agreeable in June. Light breeze, blue skies and nature in full blossom. Few days before the race, farmers dressed up in colourful costumes from all around Tibet would rush into the field riding horses. Participants would bring traditional foods made from barley and yaks milk to the field. They would also bring their best tents and carpets to this special occasion. Look and listen, you can see the bustling gathering and see people cheering.
The race is a magnificent event. Contestants wear luxurious yellow satin Tibetan robes and felt caps. Even the horses are dressed up in exquisite blankets. Hear the audience cheer when contestants skilfully ride their horses and perform acrobatic feats to pick up Khata (a piece of white cloth) from the ground at full speed.