Tibetan culture and identity is inseparably linked to Tibetan Buddhism. Religious practice and Buddhist principles are a part of daily life for most Tibetans. Monks and nuns play a key role in their communities, providing guidance and education. They are often very active in protecting and promoting Tibet’s environment, language and culture. Tibet has developed very distinct and unique culture over the years. The specific geographic condition, influence with neighboring countries marks the development of such vast Tibetan culture. Among many, one of the most significant part of Tibetan culture is its performing arts including music, drama and dance. Also known as the Ocean of Songs and Dances, Tibetan singing and dancing is widely spread throughout the region. In fact, dancing and singing are the integral part of every Tibetan’s daily life.
The clothing of Tibetans seems to be conventional and conservative. Women wear dark-colored wrap dresses over a blouse, and a colorfully striped, woven wool apron, called pangden signals that she is married. Men and women both wear long sleeves even in the hot summer months. Though some have taken to wearing Western clothes, traditional styles still proliferate.