Posted by TIBET TV on Thursday, 25 June 2020
Dharamshala: Despite the restrictions imposed by the Wuhan-originated coronavirus pandemic, there will be no shortage of celebrations for the upcoming 85th birthday of Tibet’s most esteemed leader and global icon, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
The Kashag of Central Tibetan Administration is all geared up to mark the 85th birthday celebration of His Holiness with a series of worldwide virtual events, musical tributes and a yearlong campaign dedicated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his glorious contributions to Tibetan people and worldwide.
Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay while speaking at a press briefing Thursday evening, announced that the 6th July celebration at the CTA headquarters will be observed through a high-level gathering of senior dignitaries of not more than 50 as per the Home Ministry’s coronavirus guidelines for public gatherings.
Likewise, Tibetan settlements throughout India will mark the occasion with official ceremonies all the while ensuring strict adherence to the respective district, state and central guidelines.
Under the banner of ‘Year of Gratitude’, Sikyong further announced a series of virtual celebrations and events expected to begin from 1 July 2020 through 30 June 2021 as a yearlong tribute to the Tibetan supreme spiritual leader and his lifelong achievements.
“As His Holiness turns 85, one cannot but marvel at his glorious achievements and the immeasurable contributions to the Tibetan community and the world alike. His Holiness’ legacy will be written in golden words in the annals of Tibetan history. Such is the grand lifework and contribution to the preservation of Tibet’s cultural, religious, historical, and linguistic heritage as well as to the promotion of non-violence, human rights, religious tolerance, environmental awareness, and democracy around the world,” Sikyong said.
In appreciation of all his outstanding contributions, the CTA and Tibetans around the world will observe the year from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 as ‘Year of Gratitude’ to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and endeavour to share, promote and celebrate the teachings and the lifework of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Starting 1 July, the CTA has lined up a series of virtual events to celebrate the auspicious occasion of His Holiness’ 85th birthday.
The Tibetan Institute Performing Arts will dedicate this year’s Yarkyi musical tribute to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the first time, broadcast it live via TTV to provide relief and healing for people around the world who are battling the emotional distress and anxieties of COVID-19.
Likewise, TTV will broadcast a series of films and documentaries in tribute to His Holiness the Dalai Lama every Wednesday starting 1 July.
With the celebrations right around the corner amidst the ongoing COVID restrictions, Tibetans around the world are ringing in the 85th birthday of their supreme leader and the ‘Year of Gratitude’ with virtual tributes and celebrations planned on a grand scale throughout the year.