Ladakh celebrates 84th Birth Anniversary of Dalai Lama with religious fervour

CEC Leh Gyal P Wangail cutting cake to celebrate 84th Birth Anniversary of Spiritual Leader Dalai Lama on Saturday.

JIGMET JANSPAL KHUNGRU
LEH: The 84th Birth Anniversary day of the Spiritual Leader Dalai Lama was celebrated here today.
Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) and Chief Representative Office Tibetan Sonamling Settlement Choglamsar organized a special function at Jeve Tsal Shey wherein CEC LAHDC Leh, Gyal P Wangail was the Chief Guest while Health Minister CTA, Choekyong Wangchuk was the Guest of Honour. Tibetans, Ladakhis and foreigners also attended the function. The day began with national anthem of India and Tibet followed by cake cutting ceremony.

Extending his greetings to the 14th Dalai Lama on his 84th birthday on behalf of Ladakhis, CEC Gyal P Wangail highlighted the contribution of the Spiritual Leader in promoting peace and communal harmony in the world. “We the people of Ladakh pray for long life for Dalai Lama in order to get his blessing again and again in future also,” he said.

Earlier presenting the welcome address, LBA president PT Kunzang informed that the teachings of Dalai Lama were always beneficial for followers of Buddhism in bringing peace and prosperity. He said that people have to respect and sincerely practice on his teachings in order to gain spiritual merits and asked all the devotees to make constant efforts to follow the path of his teaching. He further said that last year was the most fortunate for the people of Ladakh as they celebrated the occasion in presence of Dalai Lama.
Dhondup Tsering, Chairman Local Tibetan Assembly Leh highlighted the statement of Tibetan Parliament exile while Tsetan Wangchuk, CRO, Somaling Tibetan Settlement Ladakh threw a light on statement of Tibetan CTA Dharamsala.
LGA president, Shatup Chamga also spoke on the occasion.
A number of cultural items by the students of different schools including Tibetan song and dance were part of the programme.
President LBA Youth, Konchok Ishey Stak delivered vote of thanks.
Rinpocheys, Monks, Executive Councilors, HODs and Religious heads were also present on the occasion.