Dharamshala: - Tens of thousands of Tibetans and supporters in different parts of the world celebrated the His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 78th birthday on 6 July, presenting Tibetan cultural songs and dances with great joy and traditional festivities.
Thousands of Tibetans in Dharamshala gathered to celebrate the 78th birthday of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet. Prayers began on Friday morning in the main temple at Mc Leodganj town.
The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche and top officials of CTA among guests were attended the ceremony in celebration of the 78th Birth Anniversary of His Holiness on July 6. Tibetan cultural songs and dances were presented and concluded with snow lion and yak dance performance.
In Delhi, hundreds of Tibetans attended the celebrations at TCV Day school at Tibetan Samyeling Settlement. Kasur Tempa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness and Mr Wajahat Habibullah, chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities, Government of India, graced the occasion as the chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
In New Delhi, the celebration was marked by gathering of over 300 Indian and foreign dignitaries, which include foreign diplomats, members of parliament, Indian government officials, intellectuals, educationists, religious figures and Tibet support groups. The Delhi based Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama also organised an exhibition on more than 250 books authored by and written on His Holiness.
In Seoul, more than 500 people attended a long-life prayer for His Holiness. A number of guests, including Mr Ngodup Tsering, Secretary of education department, Mr Lhakpa Tshoko, His Holiness' representative in Japan, Korean dignitaries from leading Buddhist organisations and universities in Korea, attended the ceremony.
In South Africa, the reception organised by the Office of Tibet was well attended by over seventy guests comprised senior diplomats from several embassies, including Japan, Germany, India, Canada, EU and Taiwan. The day started with a special long life prayer service for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the speedy recovery of former President Nelson Mandela.
Expressing deep concern over the critical condition of former president Mandela, Mr Dorjee said: "The people of South Africa are not alone and prayers of the peace loving people of the world, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people, are with you for his speedy recovery."
In Taipei, hundreds of people comprising members of the Tibetan community and Taiwanese supporters joined the celebrations organised by the Office of Tibet. The day was marked with prayer service for His Holiness' long life and a live video teleconference by His Holiness from South India.
In his address, Mr. Dawa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness, highlighted the remarkable efforts made by His Holiness' remarkable for the well-being of the Tibetan people, and the promotion of world peace and religious harmony. He thanked the people of Taiwan for their continued support.
In Sydney the Tibetan Association organised a grand celebration, which was attended by hundreds of people including representatives of Tibetan Buddhist centres, member of Tibetan Parliament, Tibet support groups and local Australian community.
His Holiness's birthday was celebrated in Canberra and Melbourne, highlighting the issue of Tibet through cultural performances and discussion on the significance of its environment for the world.
In three traditional Buddhist Republics of Russian Federation celebrated the 78th birthday of His Holiness. In Moscow, it was attended by 65 guests: members of parliament, scholars, journalists, representatives of the Dharma Centers, friends and supporters of Tibet and Tibetans.