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MN Tibetans honour Dalai Lama's 74th Birthday with community service

July 6, 2009

Phayul - Sunday, July 05, 2009

Minnesota (USA), July 5: Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM) on
Friday organized a "Service Day" in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's
74th birthday.

Some 25 Tibetan volunteers gathered at the Catholic Charities Center to
prepare a mixture of hearty home-cooked Tibetan meal and American food which
was served to over 200 poor and homeless people in Minneapolis area from
9:30am to 1:00pm.

The dining hall was uniquely decorated with flowers and Tibetan prayer

Organisers said the program was inspired by none other than His Holiness the
Dalai Lama himself when he visited homeless shelter in Washington DC area in

TAFM is now planning to organize its newly conceived "Community Service Day"
every year.

The exiled Tibetan leader will turn 74 on Monday, July 6. For Tibetans the
world over, the Dalai Lama's birthday is one of the most important and
auspicious occasions in a year and is normally marked by celebrations in
traditional Tibetan way.

A representative of TAFM said the organization was now preparing to observe
"World Tibet Day" on Dalai Lama's actual birthday tomorrow to "celebrate the
unique value of Tibetan culture and to raise public awareness to the present
threat to the very existence of the Tibetan people in Tibet."

"This year is especially significant as 50 years ago the Dalai Lama left
Tibet under the Communist Chinese threat to seek refuge in India," Sherba
Tsomo, an executive member of TAFM, told

A public function featuring prayers and cultural show will be held at the
Long Lake Pavilion, Long Lake Regional Park. At the event, a message from
Senator Amy Klobuchar for the occasion will be read out by Clara Haycraft,
Constituent Services Advocate from the senator's office.

Minnesota is home to over 2000 Tibetan exiles who have migrated here from
India, Nepal, and Tibet.

The Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM), established in 1992,
represents the Minnesota Tibetan Community and organizes activities and
programs to promote and preserve the unique Tibetan values and cultural
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