A Tibetan Celebration

– Tamara Rebello and Mira Ganesh 

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is described as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, in north-eastern Tibet.

6th July 2014 was celebrated with great enthusiasm by the Tibetan students of St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, by greeting everyone at the main entrance in their traditional wear and distributing chocolates to celebrate this day. These students also participated in the Tibetan exhibition held at Chitra Kala Parishath, which was not only a celebration of His Holiness, but also a showcase of various facets of Tibetan culture.

Tibetan Buddha

Tibetan Buddha (Sketch by Alisha)

The exhibition was inaugurated with great zest by the Central minister of Tibet and other dignitaries who graced the occasion and spoke to the audience about the life and achievements of His highness Dalai Lama. There were stalls put up which contained artifacts and other small items. One could understand the intricacies of Tibetan culture through these artifacts, and audiences were educated on the same topic.

Simultaneously there were various rituals which included a holy prayer and the ‘Ihabtso’. There were several ‘Butter Sculptures’ which are treasures of Tibetan culture being placed at different altars. All this was followed by the famous Lion Dance. This was truly an experience for all Tibetans living away from home to enjoy their festivities in its true spirit.

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