Armed Chinese military forces have swarmed Tibet's capital city of Lhasa during the annual Shoton festival, thereby heightening the area's security starting 8am local time on August 25, 2014.
As seen in an image surfacing the internet, a helicopter has been noticed circling the Lhasa sky to monitor people's activities during the festival.
To begin this year's festivities, a giant fabric 'Thangka' (a painting usually done on cotton or silk that depicts a Buddhist deity, scene, or even mandala) has been unfurled and revealed next to Drepung monastery, as a part of their monastic ritual, where Tibetans from all regions gather to pay homage to.
Shoton festival, commonly known as Yogurt festival, is an annual celebration in Lhasa from 15th to 24th of fifth lunar month which generally falls during August, where Tibetans showcase their culture and tradition by performing Lhamo (Tibetan opera) and other theatrical performances.
The festival mainly consists of three parts which includes the Great Buddha Thangka Display, Tibetan Opera Show, followed by the Horsemanship (Yak) race show.