Dalai Lama wishes the Chinese on their New Year

January 25th, 2009 - 10:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Dharamsala, Jan 25, (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama sent out wishes for prosperous Chinese New Year on Sunday.
With the Year of the Ox, the Lunar New Year is all set to begin on Monday.
In contrast, the exiled Tibetans would not be celebrating Tibetan New Year, which falls a month later on February 26. Dalai Lama in his message wished a chapter of peace and prosperity in the New Year to China.
Samdong Ripoche, Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile conveyed the Dalai Lama’’s wishes.
Wishes have been sent to all the Chinese people for the Chinese New Year, which is falling tomorrow. The Tibetan New Year and Chinese New Year differ by one month and only after four years, it comes together, added Ripoche.
In an official statement, Dalai Lama said, “Chinese citizens should not only enjoy the economic facilities, but also the freedom of conscience, education and to know what is actually happening around the world.”
The statement concluded by the Dalai Lama tells that, in the coming year, the People’’s Republic of China would be able to create a meaningful and harmonious society by ensuring equality, justice and friendship among all its nationalities.
Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 and the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Beijing’’s rule.
India is a home for about 150,000 Tibetan exiles today; most of them arrived here after escaping from Chinese in Tibet.
Tibet was astounded by anti-Chinese protests earlier in 2008, which China blamed on the Dalai Lama, whom it brands as a separatist. (ANI)

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