July 6 is a very special day for all Tibetans. Tibetans all over the world rejoice this day with so much pride and happiness. 82 years ago, on this same date, a child was born in Tibet. Nobody then knew that this child will change the world. Born on 6th July 1935, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama is not just a spiritual leader for Tibetans but is also a very influential teacher, guide and friend to many non-Tibetans as well.

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DSC_0023This special day started at TCV School Suja with Sangsol (incencse offering, ritual of inviting gods/deities in removal of destruction within the human world, ritual of purifying the earth of negativity) at school’s basketball ground at 7.30 am. Attired in one’s best outfit, everybody gathered and participated in sang sol with great faith and devotion. After a little break, the official function started at 9 am in school’s auditorium.

20170706_090645The packed Phuntsok Deshi Hall was beautifully decorated with flowers and hangings. A new big poster of His Holiness with Potala Palace in its background was put up in the Hall. The program started by school’s administration and staff offering prostration and Khata to the portrait of His Holiness, while students sat and chanted prayers for his long live. Students’ representative bodies also offered their prostration and Khata on the altar. The function was presided by Mr. Tenzin Dorjee la, headmaster. He introduced the programs as planned in the schedule. Various literary and cultural programs were presented.  Traditional auspicious sweet rice (daisey) and butter tea was offered to everyone in the hall.

Teachers of Math and Science Department of senior section presented a dialectical debate to the gathering. It was a part of ‘Riglam Studies program’ for senior teachers in TCV School Suja that was started two months ago. This program was started in all TCV Schools as a felicitation to our spiritual guru, His Holiness the Dalai lama. (See link: https://tcvsuja.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/introduction-of-dialectic-riglam-studies-among-the-teaching-staff-of-t-c-v-school-suja )

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Then, as customary, a brief biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was recounted to the gathering by a member of school’s Human Rights Club. Member Wangchuk la, read out various programs that was carried out by students earlier week to observe as ‘Gratitude Week’ for Holiness the Dalai Lama. During this ‘Gratitude Week’, various Tibetan and English essay competition was held. The Human Rights Group members visited an old age house nearby and rendered their services to the old people by cleaning their rooms and surroundings. Some classes cleaned school’s campus in and out. One of the class offered to whitewash the school’s open stage at basketball ground that is mostly used for various school functions.  They personally whitewashed it and used their own pocket money for the expenses. Infact, every class in senior section observed the ‘Gratitude Week’ by rendering social services or by doing noble work. Master Wangchuk la read out all these programs to the gathering.

After that, Official statement for the day from Kashag (Cabinet, CTA) and Doetsog (Parliament, CTA) was read out to the gathering. Then followed various cultural programs by school’s dance group, western band group and beautiful Tibetan poetry recitation by class VI of junior section.

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DSC_0046DSC_0053The official ceremony concluded with speech from school’s Director Mr. Namdol Tashi la. He talked about the day and advised the children to remember the gratitude of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and inspired all to follow his path of compassion and universal responsibility. He requested the students that they should never forget their roots.

After the program, special vegetarian lunch awaited for all. Staff had lunch in conference hall while students had in their respective homes.

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