Dharamshala — As Tibetans and supporters all over the world celebrated His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 81st birthday on July 6, thousands of Tibetans and supporters also participated in various events in London, Tokyo, Shillong, and Moscow, to mark the Birthday celebrations.
The office of Tibet in London hosted a reception at the historic St Ethulburga's centre for reconcilation and peace on 6th July to celebrate the blissful occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 81st birthday.
More than 90 guests joined the celebration including many renowned officials of London such as heads of religious organisations, Tibet charities and Tibet support groups, academicians as well as chairman of Tibetan community in Britain.
The celebrations began on a spiritual note with a short Tibetan buddhist prayer. Later on Mr Chonpel Tsering, representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe, Baltic states and Poland welcomed the guests and thanked them for joining the joyous occasion.
A short video clip containing His Holiness the Dalai Lama's message urging all his friends and well wishers to be more compassionate and spread love and peace among everyone was played. A young Tibetan singer from Bristol, Tashi Dhundup, performed two solo songs in tribute to Dalai Lama's 81st birthday.
Overall the ceremony was quite impressive and huge showcasing Tibet's varied culture and rich heritage. Likewise Tibetan community in Britain celebrated his holiness the Dalai Lama's 81st birthday at a magnificent venue in north east London and it was attended by more than 300 people.
The 81st birthday of the Tibetan spirtiual leader was celebrated at the Aurobindo Institute of Indian culture in Shillong, on july 6.
Hundreds of Tibetans and supporters took part in the "first public celebration of the spiritual leader's birthday in the north east". The celebration was organised by the Core Group for Tibetan Cause, an apex coordinating body of Tibet Support groups all over India, in collaboration with the Aurobindo Ashram and Asian Confluence.
The chief advisor of the state government, DD Lapang said that " The Dalai Lama is an ocean of wisdom. He took up a dual role of a political leader as well as a religious figure for the Tibetan citizens."
The programme concluded by showcasing a photo exhibition on life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a cultural show by Tibetan artists settled in different parts of north east regions and Indian cultural troops.
The celebration witnessed the participation of people from all the north East states and included speeches on the theme 'peace and environment of Himalya region' by the imminent speakers of the country.
Over 1,300 people, including dignitaries from Republic of Kalmykia, Republic of Tuva, and Zabaikalsk Region attended the celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's birthday celebrations in Moscow, the capital city of Russia, Moscow July 7. The event held at big concert hall of the Moscow Institute of Aviation was jointly organized by the Moscow Tibet Office and Save Tibet Foundation.
In his opening remarks Telo Tulku Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative to Russia, Mongolia and CIS countries, talked about the importance of His Holiness message of love, kindness and compassion for today's world torn apart by wars, conflicts and misunderstanding among people.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been traveling unceasingly around the globe giving lectures and teachings, speaking at various conferences and forums, bringing blessings and consolation to thousands of people", said Telo Tulku stressing that every follower of His Holiness should consider spreading his message of love, kindness and compassion to be his or her personal responsibility.
In Delhi, the capital of India, the occasion was commenced with rectitation of prayers in the morning by the Tibetans and supporters. Mr Kiran Rijiju Minister of State for home affairs graced the auspicious occassion.
In his remarks, Kiran said that India has been blessed with the benign presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.The formal program was followed by cultural performances by the school children of TCV Day school, Regional Tibetan Women's Association and individuals.
In the evening, Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi hosted a grand dinner reception in celebration of the Birthday of His Holiness. It was attended by many Indian Officials. The event held at Silver Oak, Indian Habitat Centre was attended by more than 300 people.
The reception started with the short recitation of a prayer by monks of Drepung Loseling monastery. His Eminence the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee released the Book on His Holiness the Dalai Lama published and launched by Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Ambassador Dalip Mehta, former secretary of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India was the main speaker of the event.
In Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, over 3,000 people thronged the 2016 Blessing Concert for His Holiness the Dalai Lama organized by the Gaden Shartse Center in Taipei at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Of those who addressed this event were Representative Dawa Tsering and Khen Rinpoche Jangchup Choeden.
The Tibet Museum showcased a rare photo exhibition on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s life, during the 81st birthday celebration of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Singapore on July 6, 2016. The celebration organized by the Singapore Tibetan Buddhist Centre, witnessed the participation of around one thousand local Singaporean as well as Tibetans working and studying in Singapore. The chief guest of the event was His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. Other dignitaries who attended the event were Consular of Indian High Commission in Singapore and former Ambassador of Singapore to Hong Kong.
Thousands of people from all over the world also wished him on his 81st birthday, through social networking sites like twitter, facebook, whatsapp, wechat, wechat, pinterest, line, viber etc.