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Dalai Lama to mark 77th birthday tomorrow

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will on Friday celebrate his 77th birthday, brisk preparations for which are underway in Dharamsala. The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has formed an Organising Committee to host the occasion with fervour.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 05, 2012 15:14 IST

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will on Friday celebrate his 77th birthday, brisk preparations for which are underway in Dharamsala.


The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has formed an Organising Committee to host the occasion with fervour.

"This time we are aiming for more participation from the people of the state (Himachal Pradesh). We are grateful to them for supporting us all this time. We have also invited the state chief minister and district administration officials on the occasion, but confirmation has not yet come," Tashi Phunstok, head of the Organising Committee, said.

Ceremonies will be held for the entire day with festivities at Tsuglagkhang complex, the main Tibetan Temple at Mecleodganj, in the morning and at the Institute of Tibetan Performing Art (TIPA) in the evening.

Traditional cultural performances by Tibetan artists have been lined up and prayers will be held for the Dalai Lama, Phunstok said.

Tenzin Gyatso was born in Taktser of Qinghai on July 6, 1935. While recognised by Tibetans as being the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama two years later, he was formally given the status of the 14th Dalai Lama only on November 17, 1950, at the age of 15.