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Bronze 2021 People / Culture

Great Prayer

  • Prize
    Bronze in People / Culture
  • Photographer
    David Marciano

Great Monlam prayers festival was established by Lama Tsongkapa in 1409. Monlam celebration have been observed every year in a lot of places in Tibet and it is the most important religious festival for the tibetans people. Monks and pilgrims pray for several days for the long life, for the growth of Dharma in the minds and for world peace.During the festival there are prayers, ritual dances and huge processions.The most important day is “ unveiling the Buddha”, monks and pilgrims carry a huge Buddha painting on their backs and unroll it on the hill so that it can be bless all people.

David Marciano began to take an interest in photography in the early 90s, when before leaving for a volunteer experience in India, he bought his first reflex. since then travel, solidarity and photography will go hand in hand. His subjects are street photography but above all the storytelling, focusing his interest in telling small stories that are part of the culture, customs and religious aspect of the countries he visits. Since 2012 he has been traveling through the Tibetan areas of the Himalayas interested in the religious rites of Buddhism and nomadic lifestyle.