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School Phundhe Band presenting few songs of tribute to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Nobel Peace Prize Day(Photo: Gen Tseten Youdon la)

10th December 2015: A grand function was held on the basketball ground to celebrate the 26th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama being conferred the Nobel Peace Prize. The function began with the lifelong prayer and incense burning ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for world peace by both the staff and students who were clad in traditional Tibetan dress and school uniform respectively. During the function, the school Religious teachers, the management committee, staff members and the students’ councils offered scarf to the large portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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Second batch of students enjoying the “Dham” on the occasion of Nobel Peace Prize Day (Photo: Gen Tseten Youdon la )

After the religious ceremony, the school Headmaster Mr. Tenzin Dorjee la called upon the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la, who read out the statement of Kashag for this special occasion. After that, Mr. Tsering Wangdue la, senior Tibetan Language teacher read out the statement of Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputy (ATPD) for the occasion. After the two speeches, the winners of the 2015 essay contest organized by the Department of Education, CTA were read out and given scarf and certificates by the school Director.

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Junior students waiting anxiously for the “Dham” on Nobel Peace Prize Day on the school Basketball ground ( Photo: Gen Tseten Youdon la)

After that there was ceremonial songs and tribute to His Holiness by the school staff band “Phuntsok Deshe “ which enliven the special day. “ The songs were relevant for the occasion and well prepared by the band”, mused everyone. Their songs were joined in unison by the crowd who hummed “Gawa la dang Gawa la”, which was in fact on the tip of every Tom Dick and Harry’s tongue. The morning function concluded with the vote of thanks speech from the school Principal Mr. Karma Sherab Therchin la. Speaking on the occasion, he reiterated the importance of sense of gratitude among the younger generation towards His Holiness and all those who have made our lives comfortable. He also reminded all those gathered to have full faith in His Holiness and move forward. He also wished good luck for all the students for their Summative Assessment II on behalf of all the staff members.

As a special treat from the school, both the staff and students were treated “DHUM”, the famous Indian ceremonial meal. The meal was served on the open basketball ground in batches. It was in fact a nice experience for all to have a mass lunch on the ground. In the evening, there was official dinner for the staff members in the junior section hall.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was bestowed with one of the most coveted honorary award, Nobel Peace Prize on 10th December 1989 for his untiring non-violent struggle and work for the Tibetans and the world in general. It was one of the best moments for entire Tibetan community. Since then, His Holiness has become the messenger of peace for the entire word. His message of love and compassion has won the heart of millions of people across the globe. Every year 10th December is celebrated to commemorate this day everywhere and holds a very special place in everyone’s heart.

 

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