PARIS: The Maison du Tibet led by Namgyal Samdup, Secretary of Bureau du Tibet, Paris with the support of a hundred volunteers, the two-day 18th Himalayan festival successfully kicked off on 9 June.
After the invocation prayers and Sangsol by the Tibetan monks, chief guest MP Toutut Picard, co-president of Tibet Study Group of the French Parliament, expressed her solidarity with the Tibetan people.
Thutop Namgyal spoke about 2018 as Thank You Year, which is being observed by Tibetans across the world under the guidance of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
As the program unfolded, there was an interesting panel discussion on “The route of Tibetans in France from yesterday to today” by the panelist Dagpo Rincpoche, MP Toutut Picard, Ngawang Dakpa, Sonam Wangdi, Jamyang Samphel and Tenzin Namgyal. They also discussed about the role of Tibetan weekend school in preserving Tibetan language and culture.
Around 5000 people attended the festival held at Lac-Daumesnil Bois de Vincennes. Over 25 stalls were installed around the festival venue displaying Tibetan dresses, and exhibiting Tibetan food and tea.
The Pagoda was the venue for the Buddhist introductory teachings, Tibetan yoga, Tibetan medicine, Thankga Paintings, including the construction of Sand Mandala.
The next day, Tibetan community presented a song titled ‘Thank You France’ to express their gratitude to the French government and its people.
“Clearly the success of the festival is largely due to the sponsors and self-less contribution of the volunteers. Therefore, Bureau du Tibet would like to sincerely thank all the sponsors and volunteers, including the Parisans who attended the festival,” said Namgyal Samdup, Secretary of Bureau du Tibet, Paris.
-Report filed by Bureau du Tibet, Paris-