Tibetan Buddhists Celebrate Monlam

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Devotees bow to a passing Tibetan Buddhist monk on his way to take part in a special prayer during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 5, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the largest outside of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Monlam, the most important prayer event for many Tibetans was banned during the Cultural Revolution in China but once again in recent years it is celebrated in many areas. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks of the Gelug, or Yellow Hat order, carry a large thangka of Buddha after showing it to worshippers during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 3, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks of the Gelug, or Yellow Hat order, carry a large thangka of Buddha after showing it to worshippers during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 3, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhist monks perform a black hat dance during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 4, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks of the Gelug, or Yellow Hat order, stand in front of a covered large thangka showing Buddha before unveiling it during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 3, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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A Tibetan Buddhist woman prays in juniper smoke during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 3, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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ATibetan Buddhist woman carries a child passed a large prayer wheel during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 3, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhists prostrate themselves as they perform Kora during a pilgrimage for Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 4, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Two young Tibetan Buddhist monks of the Gelug, or Yellow Hat order, walk passed men in traditional clothing before a procession during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 4, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhist Nuns of the Gelug, or Yellow Hat order, and worshippers look on at a procession during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 4, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhists wear traditional clothing as they wait to take part in a procession during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 4, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhist monks play soccer outside their hostel during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 4, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks of the Gelug, or Yellow Hat order, unveil a large thangka showing Buddha during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 3, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhist monks of the Gelug, or Yellow Hat order, are covered in snow as they take part in a procession during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 4, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks of the Gelug, or Yellow Hat order, sit before taking part in morning prayers during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 3, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhist monks take part in a special prayer during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 5, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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A Tibetan Buddhist woman bows her head in prayer as monks take part in a special prayer during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 5, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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A worshipper prays in front of Tibetan Buddhist monks during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 5, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Tibetan Buddhist monks gather during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 5, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Young Tibetan Buddhist monks take part in a special prayer during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 5, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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