Tibetans in-exile pay homage to victims of China earthquake

May 19th, 2010 - 1:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), May 19 (ANI): Tibetans in-exile held a candlelight vigil and offered special prayers in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamsala city for their comrades, who died in the devastating earthquake that hit China on April 14.

They paid homage to the victims in a candlelight procession and finally gathered at the main Buddhist temple, Tsuglagkhang.

Buddhist Monks held prayer sessions for the rebirth of the victims and will continue to offer prayers for seven weeks, in keeping with tradition.

“Today is the fifth week of those who have died on April 14 during the earthquake. So we are showing our solidarity for them. Those who have lost their lives, we are offering prayers for their rebirth,” said Tsering Phungchok, Tibetan settlement officer.

The official death toll climbed to 2,046 people, with 193 still missing in the strong quake that toppled hundreds of homes and schools.

Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama has appealed to the Chinese Government to allow him to visit China for the first time in 51 years and see the quake zone in Qinghai province, where he was born. (ANI)

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