The Bathing Festival is a mass activity throughout Tibet that takes place on the 7th month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar when Venus appears in the sky. It is a week-long festival with special Tibetan characteristics. For seven days, from morning to evening, many Tibetans of all ages go to the rivers to take a holy bath. The rivers are full of people to celebrate. They take this bath during the end of summer because they believe the water at this time has a special effect. It is thought to be sweet, pure, cool, and soft and not harmful to throat and stomach. It is also a time for Tibetans to wash their clothes. So it is a good time to catch Tibetan doing a traditional festival.
The festival activities have practical, religious and social purposes. Along with taking a bath, the Tibetans also wash their clothes. They set up tents on the banks of the rivers, streams and wash before the winter comes. It is thought that bathing at this time brings good luck, washes away evil omens or illnesses, and brings healing. It was traditionally believed that people should not bathe casually. It is a religious purification ritual. After the holy bath, everyone enjoy a picnic since social life is a very important part of festivals in Tibet. Most festivals were in the past meant to teach the illiterate people through dance, theater and chants. So the festivals are important religious occasions, but they are also seen as a way to socialize with each other.