DHARAMSHALA: Even though 23 January marks the New Year for Tibetans in Amdo, Tibetans in Rebgong have shunned the celebrations to mourn and offer prayers for those who have self-immolated for freedom in Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland.
Reports coming from Rebgong say the entire region eschewed pomp celebrations and observed only the traditional ceremonies during the customary 1, 3, 5, and 9th day of the New year. Instead, the expenses would be devoted for prayer services such as butter lamp and prayer offerings.
Every member of the family and the administration recited prayers since the first day of the New Year. All the people took part in a prayer service on the ninth day and offered butter lamps. The expenses for the concluding day will be used in prayer services on the 15th day of the New Year at Rongbo and other monasteries for those who have self-immolated for the cause of Tibet, the report says.