MONLAM CHENMO
Religion and Culture

MONLAM CHENMO

The Monlam Chenmo, also known as The Great Prayer Festival, is the most important Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the year and begins on the 4th da...

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YEAR OF THE WATER RABBIT
Animals and Surroundings

YEAR OF THE WATER RABBIT

The Lunar New Year is marked by the first day of the lunar year and is the most celebrated festival on the Tibetan Plateau. It is a symbol of new b...

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GANDEN NAMCHOE
Religion and Culture

GANDEN NAMCHOE

Each year on a winter night, the outlines of a multitude of villages and nomad settlements across the Tibetan Plateau emerge from obscurity, illumi...

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NORLHA'S 15TH ANNIVERSARY
People

NORLHA'S 15TH ANNIVERSARY

November 13th, 2022 marks the completion of Norlha’s 15th year in Ritoma: Fifteen years ago, we pitched our work tents in the valley at the entranc...

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WINTER CHAM
Religion and Culture

WINTER CHAM

Every year around December, when the cold has settled in and the new year is close, the monastery in Garnying, a few kilometers from Ritoma, holds ...

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CIRCULAR COLLECTION
Clothing

CIRCULAR COLLECTION

Norlha is releasing a limited range of one-off scarves, handwoven from repurposed yak khullu and silk-blend yarns left over from previous collectio...

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CHOEKHOR DAY
Animals and Surroundings

CHOEKHOR DAY

As autumn rolls in with yellowing and darkening skies, Ritoma’s pastoralists prepare for winter. Yak and sheep, which had been grazing at higher al...

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NORLHA ARTISANS
Craft

NORLHA ARTISANS

Norlha provides training and long-term employment opportunities for local nomads and families, equipping them with skills to become expert weavers,...

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THE FOUR FRIENDS
People

THE FOUR FRIENDS

To celebrate this month’s full moon, we would like to offer a blessing to our community of friends. The Four Friends blessing is hand-painted in co...

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THE TIBETAN PICNIC
People

THE TIBETAN PICNIC

Picnics are at the core of the Tibetan concept of leisure. With cities as hubs for commerce, city dwellers seek out nature as a source of enjoyment...

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MONKS MONSOON RETREAT
Religion and Culture

MONKS MONSOON RETREAT

Each year, monks in Labrang and many other monasteries on the Tibetan Plateau hold a six week retreat in the summer. Its origins are in the Monsoon...

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