Tibetans around the world celebrated Losar, Tibetan New Year 2020 that began from 24-26 February with gusto and fervour.
Tibetan communities in exile celebrated the joyous occasion in their own ways welcoming the new year with all smiles and positivity.
Tibetans of Poanta Cholsum settlement marked the day by organising a special event to thank and honour the Indian government and to strengthen the Tibet-India’s relationship. Local Indian dignitaries and politicians including Shri L R Verma, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Shri Som Dutt, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), and Shri Kapil Tomar Tehsildar.
Each of the guests expressed their solidarity and obliged to extend any support needed for the Tibet cause. Settlement officer Gelek Jamyang felicitated the guests and the event concluded with cultural performances and Tibetan folk songs.
In Kathmandu, Nepal, to welcome the Tibetan New Year 2147, year of the Iron-Rat, Office of Tibet hosted their annual programme on the occasion of the 1st day of Losar. Local dignitaries, members of the monasteries, chiefs of governmental and non-governmental organisations gathered at the prayer hall where the guests offered scarves to the portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, following which they had traditional sweetened rice and tea. In the courtyard, the attendees took part in the tying of the prayer-flag and throwing flour into the air to mark the festive occasion, concluding the first day’s programme.
On the 3rd day of Losar, the Settlement Office hosted an event for important dignitaries to observe the ceremonial burning of fragrant twigs. The event was presided over by the Chief-guest, Samtenling Monastery’s Khen Rinpoche and monks, and special guests, the Representative of Nepal’s Office of Tibet, members of the Tibetan Parliament, Representatives of the US, Swiss, Australia, France, Germany and EU to Nepal, Representative of the International Refugee Centre based in Nepal, as well as other government officials, chiefs of governmental and nongovernmental organizations and the general public attended the event. The Settlement Officer and other dignitaries offered incense to the portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the monks blew the conch and gave blessings, the dignitaries offered mandala to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the public offered ceremonial scarves. Then, the attendees received the traditional sweetened rice and tea, after which the Representative greeted the gathering and gave his New Year’s address, followed by a cultural performance from Nepal’s opera (Lhamo) collective, after which the burning of the fragrant twigs was observed. Folk dancing and music ended the celebrations on a high note.