CANBERRA: The unique cultural traditions of Tibet were showcased at the Australian capital of Canberra during the three-day National Multicultural Festival from 13 – 15 February.
The Tibetan Cultural Centre Ltd, an undertaking of the Office of Tibet, and various Tibetan associations based in Australia, participated in the festival.
The Tibetan Cultural Centre presented traditional Tibetan Buddhist ritual objects, prayer flags, Tibetan appliques (Thangka) etc. The Centre also invited Ven. Thubten Khedup from Sydney, who built a sand mandala, which was greatly appreciated by the public during the festival.
The Office of Tibet distributed books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, addresses of Tibet related websites, and pamphlets introducing the nature of work being done by the Cultural Centre and the Office of Tibet, to the public.
The Tibetan associations presented cultural dance performances, and put up stalls with traditional Tibetans foods on sale.
This unique narrative on Tibet through food, culture and spiritual traditions, was covered by various news medias including ABC and the Australia Times.
The National Multicultural Festival is an annual event in Canberra where people from diverse ethnicity and nationalities participate to present their own unique culture and traditions.
Over three hundred thousand people attended this year’s festival.
Report filed in Tibetan by Office of Tibet, Australia.