It is a Tibetan custom to offer a Khata or greeting scarf to another as a way of indicating your honourable intentions, and wishes of happiness. When given as a farewell gesture it symbolises a safe journey.
They are often placed around the necks of statues and hung on the top of Thangkas.
It is an ancient custom to bring a Khata when visiting a temple, shrine, guru, or teacher. This is a way of showing gratitude for the kindness of your teacher and the gems of their teachings.
Taken from Wikipedia: A khata, khada, khadag, or hada (Tibetan: ཁ་བཏགས་; Mongolian: хадаг [xɑtk]; Chinese: 哈达) is a traditional ceremonial scarf used in Tibet and Mongolia. It symbolizes purity, goodwill, auspiciousness and compassion. It is usually made of silk. Tibetan khatas are usually white symbolising the pure heart of the giver, though it is quite common to find yellow gold khatas as well. Mongolian khadags are usually blue, symbolizing the sky.
The khata is a highly versatile gift. It can be presented at any festive occasions to a host or at weddings, funerals, births, graduations, arrivals and departure of guests etc. The Tibetans commonly give a kind acknowledgment of “Tashi Delek” (meaning good luck) at the time of presenting. In Mongolia, khadags are also often tied to ovoos (Monglian cairns), stupas or special trees and rocks.
The Dalai Lama is known to offer khata as a gift to diplomats, visitors, or other monks, which symbolizes purity of intention and the beginning of the relationship.
|Material||Color||Dimension (in/cm)||Weight (oz/g)|
|Silk||White||40.9 x 13 / 104 x 33||0.7 / 20|
No. The Khata Scarfs are plain.
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