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Tibetans in-exile celebrate New Year Losar

February 10, 2008

Dharamsala, February 7th, 2008 (ANI): Tibetans-living-in-exile on
Thursday celebrated their New Year ‘Losar’ with religious fervour and
zeal in Dharamsala.

They gathered in early hours in the main Buddhist temple to celebrate
the advent of ‘Losar’.

The three-day event began with prayers at the function organised by the
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).

The prayers were dedicated to ‘Panden Lamo’, the protective deity of
Tibet and especially connected with the Dalai Lama, the religious head
of the Tibetans.

Dalai Lama has been the presiding dignitary at the function, but this
year his absence was conspicuous.

It is sad that he (Dalai Lama) is not able to attend, but its
understandable because he is advancing in age,” said Thubten Samphel,
Central Tibetan Administration official.

Tibetans believe that celebrating Losar will bid them of sufferings and
miseries of the past years and bring happiness and prosperity in their

Losar originates from the Tibetan word “Lo” which means “Year” and “Sar”
meaning “New”.

Around 134,000 Tibetan refugees are now settled in different parts of
the country with the Dalai Lama establishing his headquarters in
Dharamsala following his flight from Lhasa in 1959. (ANI)
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