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The Tibetan New Year of the Wood Horse has great meaning: The root of virtue is stable and branches of merit are stretched out. The element of wood is for increasing the branches of joy and happiness of the year.
The horse is an indication of peace, and the swift traveling wind horse represents success and progression.
At the very beginning of the fresh and new day of the New Year, merits accrued from engaging in dharma activities are dedicated towards all beings. We also purify all the negativities committed in the past year. From the first day of the New Year, onwards, we set up the motivation of engaging in meritorious deeds and of refraining from all evils. Likewise, we adopt the motivation of bringing benefits towards others, practicing patience and engaging in the practice of warm heartedness.
Losar, the Tibetan New Year, also marks the first day of the “Day of Miracles” and is celebrated from the first to the fifteenth of the first lunar month. It is the first “Düchen” or “great occasion” in the Tibetan calendar, marking the beginning of the New Year. These fifteen days are “multiplying days” in which the effect of any action is magnified millions of times and the fifteenth day is especially great. March 16, Chotrul Düchen, is a “ten million multiplier” day, multiplying the effects of all positive and negative actions 10 million times! It is therefore considered very useful to engage in positive activities throughout the first 2 weeks of the Tibetan New Year!
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