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Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Rome celebrate His Holiness' 75th birthday

July 15, 2010

Tibet Bureau, Geneva
July 14, 2010

Bulach, Switzerland -- Over 2,000 Tibetans
attired in their best traditional Tibetan
costumes gathered in Bulach, Switzerland, to
celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 75th
birthday on 10 July, which was organised by the
Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

The ceremony began with the enthronement of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's portrait, followed by
prayers for the long life of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, which was led by monks from the Rikon
Tibetan Monastery. The stage was bedecked with a
large a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
gazing from Potala palace, which was specially made for the occasion.

Following the one-and-half hours of prayer,
auspicious ceremonial dances like Tashi Shopa,
Gyashey and Lingdro were performed.

The president of the Tibetan Community in
Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the two Chithus
based in Europe and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s
Representative addressed the Tibetans. They
highlighted His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s
biography and leadership and called on fellow
Tibetans to follow the advice of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama. A staff of The Bureau read out the Kashag's statement.

A group of artists including schoolchildren
presented a series of new and old Tibetan songs
and dances in honour of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama.The programme ended around midnight.

Earlier on 6 July 2010, over 200 Tibetans
gathered at the Tibetan Institute in Rikon to
offer prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s
long life. The monks at the Rikon monastery led
the prayers, which was followed by Sangsol (incense burning ceremony).

The celebration in Rome on 5 July was organised
by Gaden Jangtse Federation of Europe. It was
held in one of the Italian Parliament’s meeting
halls in Rome, where over 120 people attended the festive occasion.

The monks of the Gaden Jangtse Monastery chanted
prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long
life. In his address, Mr Tseten Samdup
Chhoekyapa, the Representative of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama in Geneva, spoke on the remarkable
life history of His Holiness and highlighted his three commitments in life.

He also spoke about the unique bond of faith and
trust between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people.
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