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The New Year goes to the grassroots | The Tibetan New Year meets the Lunar New Year, and people in northern Tibet have a strong New Year atmosphere of “four generations living under one roof” – Xinhuanet Client

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The New Year goes to the grassroots | The Tibetan New Year meets the Lunar New Year, and people in northern Tibet have a strong New Year atmosphere of “four generations living under one roof”

On New Year’s Day, Squwangmu’s home was filled with a festive atmosphere of reunion. Her children and grandchildren filled the living room, the adults were busy, and the children chatted non-stop.

On February 10, Squwangmo’s family was celebrating the Tibetan New Year.

Squ Wangmo’s home is in Jiagen Village, Gongtang Township, Damxung County, Lhasa City, Tibet, on the grasslands of northern Tibet with high sky and vast clouds.

“Dangxiong” means “carefully selected pasture” in Tibetan, with an average altitude of about 4,200 meters. This vast pasture is located at the southern foot of the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains, with abundant water and grass and numerous herds of cattle and sheep.

But in old Tibet, people’s lives in this land were unimaginably difficult.

This is Siqu Wangmo’s home in Jiagen Village, Gongtang Township, Damxung County, Lhasa City, Tibet (photo taken on February 10).

Squwangmu, who is 85 years old this year, was a “duoqiong” (a type of serf) when he was young. When Squwangmu was very young, her mother died of illness. She and her grandmother depended on each other, making a living by doing odd jobs and herding. “At that time, I didn’t have my own cattle or sheep. I had to graze for the serf owners for a whole year, and the tsampa I got in exchange was not enough for food and clothing.” Squwangmu said, “Every winter, the house was drafty from all sides, and I couldn’t afford shoes when I went out to graze. It’s really hard to have frostbite on my hands and feet, but I also look forward to having a full meal during the Chinese New Year.”

In 1959, the Snowy Plateau launched a magnificent democratic reform, and the feudal serfdom system was completely abolished. Squwangmu’s family was given five yaks, and their life gradually improved.

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What was once a small family has grown into a large family of four generations living under one roof with a population of more than 100 people. The house in Squwangmu is spacious and bright, equipped with TVs, refrigerators and other electrical appliances, and there are flocks of cattle and sheep in the house.

On February 10, Squwangmu’s son Solangroda drove the yaks to the pasture.

This year, the Tibetan New Year and the Lunar New Year fall on the same day. Although the customs are different, the flavor of the new year is strong.

A few days ago, Squwangmo’s seventh son, Suolang Roda, drove his family’s van and bought cheema boxes, candies, butter flowers and other new year’s goods from the county town. The children and grandchildren decorated their homes with colorful New Year’s goods.

Suolang Roda and her granddaughters buy new year’s goods at the new year’s market in Damxung County (photo taken on February 3).

On the first day of the new year, the sons and daughters of Squwangmu came to reunite with their small families, and dozens of people from the large family of more than a hundred people came back to celebrate the New Year. Sitting in the warm home, the children of Squwangmu presented Hada and highland barley wine in turn. Sitting in the middle, she hoped that “this kind of life can last a little longer, and a little longer…”

On February 10, Squwangmu’s son Suolang Roda (right) presented highland barley wine to his mother.

On February 10, Squwangmu met his great-granddaughter.

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On February 10, several young people from Squwangmu’s family put on their holiday costumes.

On February 10, Squwangmu’s great-grandson and great-granddaughter were preparing to go to a neighbor’s house to pay New Year’s greetings.

On February 10, Squ Wangmo (center) and his family celebrated the Tibetan New Year.

On February 10, Squwangmu (front center) took a family photo with his family.

Reporters: Sun Ruibo, Sun Fei, Huang Zhiqi, Ding Zennida
New media editors: Xie Xiudong, Fei Maohua, Xu Jiayi, Zhang Cheng
Photo editor: Chen Shuo, Liu Lianfen, Chen Haitong

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