Posts by Joan Pollock

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Tibetan New Year: Losar Festival in Spiti.

by Joan Pollock

Losar is a festival in Tibetan Buddhism. The holiday is celebrated on various dates depending on location and tradition. The holiday is a new year’s festival, celebrated on the first day of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar,  in 2019 it is February 5th to 7th in the Gregorian calendar. This Puja (prayer) is performed on the […]

Postcards on Cloud 9: Highest Post Office

by Joan Pollock
Highest Post Office

The Spiti Valley is a remote valley in the Himalayas bordering on Tibet and known as one of the highest places in the world in which to live. In 1849 when Spiti was integrated as part of India by the British, they set up post offices in villages throughout the valley. This enabled the local […]

Joanna Lumley Supports Spiti Projects

by Joan Pollock
Joanna Lumley

Spiti Projects charity is delighted to have the influential and kind-hearted philanthropist Joanna Lumley supporting the important work that we do. Joanna is well-known for her generous endorsement to causes that are devoted to protecting the environment and human rights, for bettering the quality of life for others in need. “The work the Spiti Projects […]

The Grass is Greener on the other Side

by Joan Pollock
Women cutting grass hand

In the mountainous Spiti Valley grow coarse blades of grass, long enough to hide all the secrets you wouldn’t want to get out. Fortunately for the animals in the Valley – cows, yaks and donkeys – this means something to put the spring in their step. Food glorious food! The animals are important in the life of the valley, needing […]

The Ancient Art of Shawl Making

by Joan Pollock
Lady spinning wool

It’s safe to say the Spiti Valley is a hidden treasure, not at all short of talented craftsmen and women! A fundamental craft within the Valley is the art of weaving, a cultural heritage that has since played a natural part in Valley’s life dating back years. The fine material used in weaving is obtained […]

Gutar Festival 2018 – Key Gompa

by Joan Pollock
cham dance

This summer we arrived in Kaza in time for the GUTAR FESTIVAL at KEY GOMPA on 12th July. This is performed at LOSAR the Tibetan New Year Celebration, but as this is always held in the winter (in November in Spiti) However, T.K. LOCHEN TULKU the Spiritual Head of KEY Monastery decided to hold the […]

Apples glorious apples!

by Joan Pollock
Spiti Apples

Once travelling to Spiti in winter, the weather was challenging, heavy snow made the going very slow. The jeeps wheels kept getting clogged up with snow and we had to stop frequently to clear it out from the mudguards. This slowed our progress and once it gets dark its too dangerous to travel on the […]