Prayers for his long life, traditional Tibetan songs and dance and distribution of sweets today marked the celebration of the 77th birthday of Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.
Festivities started early morning as thousands of Tibetan exiles, monks, nuns and followers of the Dalai Lama from across the world, including Chinese nationals, gathered to attend the celebrations in the courtyard of Tsuglakhang temple near the official palace of the elderly monk at McLeodganj.
Special prayers for the long life of the Dalai Lama were held at the temple in the morning after which an official programme was held to celebrate the occasion, where local MLA and industries minister Kishan Kapoor was a special guest.
Besides, the first political successor of the Dalai Lama, Kalon Tripa, Lobsang Sangay, 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and officials of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) were present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, the Tibetan spiritual leader reiterated his commitment to the promotion of religious harmony and individual responsibility.
"Till I am alive, I will keep promoting religious harmony and individual responsibility towards the humanity," said the Dalai Lama.
Acknowledging the courage and indomitable spirit of Tibetans, especially those inside Tibet, the Dalai Lama said despite living under continuous repression for the past 53 years, the community members in Tibet had preserved and kept alive their culture and traditions.
In his address, the Tibetan prime minister once again insisted on early resumption of dialogue with China that had come to a standstill for the last two years.
"The Tibetan leadership is firmly committed to non-violence and the middle path approach which seeks genuine autonomy for Tibetans' within People's Republic of China and within the framework of Chinese Constitution," said Sangay.