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A Tibetan khata.
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 哈达
Traditional Chinese 哈達
Tibetan name
Tibetan ཁ་བཏགས་
Mongolian name
Mongolian хадаг
Blue hadas (khadags) tied to a stone stele at Manzushir Monastery in Mongolia

A khatak (Mongolian: [xɑtk]) is a traditional ceremonial scarf, originated from Tibetan culture, it later adopted by the countries (Mongolia, Bhutan, Nepal, some part of Russia and India etc.) where Tibetan Buddhism was spread and they too adopted a similar kind of culture.

Khatak has many usage, Khatak are use for birth, wedding, funeral, ceremony etc. It symbolizes purity and compassion. It is usually made of silk. Tibetan khatak are usually white symbolising the pure heart of the giver,[1][2] though it is quite common to find yellow gold khatak as well. Tibetan and Bhutanese khatak has symbol of eight lucky auspicious signs meaning to bring good luck and fortune. There are also special khatak with five different colors. Mongolian khatak are usually blue, symbolizing the sky.

Khatak can be presented along with incense and other religious items[2] at weddings, funerals, births, graduations, arrivals and departure of guests. The Tibetans[which?] commonly[according to whom?] give a kind acknowledgment of "Tashi Delek" (meaning good luck) at the time of presenting.

In Mongolia, Khatak are also often tied to ovoos, stupas or special trees and rocks.


  1. ^ Staff. "Khata/Tibet "roof of the world"". Oracle ThinkQuest Education Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Ethnic Culture Thrives After Sichuan Quake". Chengdu: China Daily. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2012-05-15.