DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 77th birthday was celebrated in different parts of Tibet despite heavy restrictions imposed by the Chinese government, media reports say.
Tibetans living in Tawu in eastern Tibet’s Kham province had to abandon traditional festivities like Sangsol (incense burning) ceremony on the hilltop and horse racing competition due to heavy presence of security forces in the region. But they gathered at Nyatso Monastery to celebrate the day. Amidst white smoke billowing from incense and juniper berries, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s portrait was ushered into the monastery, following which Tibetans offered Khatas or greeting scarves to it.
Similarly, defying heavy restrictions in Machu region in northeastern Amdo province, hundreds of Tibetans thronged a hilltop for Sangsol ceremony to pray for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life on his birthday.
In capital Lhasa, Tibetans burned incense and juniper berries (Sangsol ceremony) at Tsuglagkhang early in the morning for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, defying restriction by thousands of security forces deployed in and around the region.
Traditional festivities were held in monasteries and nunneries in different parts of Kham and Amdo.
This year witnessed an unprecedented interest among the Tibetans inside Tibet to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday, reports say.