The International Museum Day was celebrated by the Tibet Museum is the official museum of the CTA in Dharamshala, India, on May 18, 2019. Photo: TPI/Dawa Tsering

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Dharamshala, India — The International Museum Day is celebrated annually on May 18. On this occasion, TPI Reporter Dawa Tsering has interviewed some of Tibetan students about their feelings and emotions they experience while participating in International Museum Day.

The world celebrates International Museum Day May 18, 2019 to raise awareness about the importance of museums as “means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”.

In line with the theme of International Museum Day 2019— “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition” — an event was celebrated at the Tibet Museum, the official museum of the Central Tibetan Administration's Department of Information and International Relations, which is located near the main temple in the Dharamshala suburb of McLeod Ganj.

Q 1) How and by what reason you were selected amongst the representatives to attend this programme?

A1) We (representatives) took participation in making the logo of today's Day and so were summoned to take part in today's celebration. It's amazing feeling to be part of this occasion since it's more than a celebration, I learned so many important things and came to knew about lots of new things about significance of museum in general and about Tibet's story. I was glad to be called here.

Q2) What merits would be museum presentation could bring in student's academic studies according to your notion?

A2) According to me, museums are the place where original documents and antiques are exists. That is the place where truthful evidence and true imformations are exist. So, for students, they could seek all these things at museum and that's why, the frequent visiting of museum is important for students.

Q3) What difference would you think will make in the Tibet's issue via the international museum day celebration at Tibet Museum?

A3) As the chief guest said we used the museum presentation as for spreading awareness about the history of Tibet to worldwide people with telling the truth about Tibet. Today at international museum day, there are both foreigners and Indians came to acquire knowledge about Tibetans.

Q4) How significance was museum and International Museum Day for the common working citizens in their daily basis life especially for the Tibetans?

A4) I think the museums are apparently one of least visited place by common peoples but it's important for them to seek information along with the leisure enjoyment. More over for Tibetans, we are a struggling community seeking for justice. But the justice is depends on the truth which is evident via museum's proof. We need to visit places where the truth about us is presented in order to enhance the voice of our struggle for justice.

Q5) What contributions would you make at school after showing here as representative at the International Museum Day?

A5) Though we were just here since we took participation in making the logo on chart, but I would definitely share what happened here today and through that, I could spread information about the significance of the role played by museums in Tibet issue along with the general importance of International Museum Day.

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