Grand celebrations to mark the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday

  • HT Correspondent, None, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2015 09:03 IST

To make spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday a memorable one, the Tibetan government-in-exile will pre-celebrate the occasion by organising a grand ceremony on June 22.

The ceremony will be attended by all head lamas of Tibetan religious traditions. Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh will be the chief guest on the occasion.

The 1989-Nobel Peace Laureate turns 80 on July 6, a day considered very auspicious by the Tibetans.

Day-long celebrations by the exiled government also called Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) will comprise an exhibition of biographical Thangka paintings reflecting the life and work of the spiritual leader. It will be inaugurated by the CM.

The Dalai Lama will also release some volumes of Zenam Norba Trengwa - a biographical series on the lives of the previous Dalai Lamas and Panchen Nangwa Thaye and a picture biography of the 10th Panchen Lama Lobsang Trinley Lhündrub Chökyi Gyaltsen.

Speaker of the exiled parliament Penpa Tsering will release a commemorative gold medal of the Dalai Lama's birthday. Presentation of traditional Tibetan dances and songs by the Tibetan artistes will also mark the celebrations.

On July 6, the date of his birthday, the Dalai Lama will attend a Global Compassion Summit in California, US.

Followers and admirers of the spiritual leader have planned a series of events across the world to celebrate his birthday.

The spiritual leader earlier pre-celebrated his birthday in April when his close friend, South African anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited Dharamsala.

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