Tibetan exiles participate in special prayer in Dharamsala

 Tibetan exiles participate in special prayer in DharamsalaDharamsala, Mar 11 : Hundreds of Tibetans, including monks, nuns and officials of the Tibetan Government-in-exile, on Wednesday attended an annual special prayer ceremony that marked the 16th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar year here.

On the occasion, the Dalai Lama gave his annual spring speech at the main temple here.

"This is one of the most important prayer ceremonies in our traditions. On this day, we remember Buddha's teachings, legacies and stuff," said Thubten Thalgey, a Tibetan lawmaker.

All Tibetans were dressed in traditional colourful costumes.

"Where ever this ceremony takes place, the Dalai Lama teaches the way of living to the Tibetans. We are very fortunate that his Holiness is here and he gives these teachings every year," Thalgey added.

Thousands of Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama, fled their homeland following an unsuccessful uprising against China in 1959.

About 1,35,000 Tibetan refugees are settled in different parts of India, with the Dalai Lama having his headquarters in Dharamsala. (ANI)