Kullu-Manali, 12th March: While the local people of Himachal Pradesh frolicked themselves in colors, around 300 Tibetans residing in Manali, Patlikuhl, Kullu, 15 Mile and Palrabling under the jurisdiction of Kullu Tibetan Settlement Office as well as students from Sambhota Tibetan School, Manali and TCV vocational Training Center gathered at TCV Patlikuhl to celebrate the first ever Tibetan Women’s Day.
Dignitaries for the occasion included the speaker of Local Tibetan Assembly, Kullu-Manali Tibetan Settlement Officer, President of Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement, Administrators of the monasteries, respective camp leaders and staffs from the two schools.
As per the directive from Kashag Secretariat, CTA, 12 March 2017 was marked as “Tibetan Women’s Day”. This novel occasion started with national anthem of India and Tibet, after which the respective authorities adorned the portrait of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama with scarves to pay their respect. A minute of silence was observed to mourn for the Tibetan martyrs who self-immolated for the greater cause of Tibet.
Addressing to the public, Ms Tenzin Nangwa, the Kullu-Manali Tibetan Settlements’ Officer, elucidated on the Women Empowerment Policy and emphasized on the importance of women’s empowerment.
The Principal of Himalayan Buddhist School, Ms Palkyi Thakur, was invited as the Chief Guest. She talked about the necessity of empowered women in a society.
Light refreshment was funded by a bonafide Tibetan settler and was served to the dignitaries as well to the general Tibetan public gathered there.
The whole program concluded on a delightful note with cultural performance by the students of TCV Vocational Training Center, Patlikuhl and Sambhota Tibetan School, Manali.
– Report filed by Tibetan settlement office, Kullu-Manali –