Thursday July 14, 2016
To commemorate the 81st birthday of the Dalai Lama of Tibet, the Tibetan Association of Vermont organized a birthday celebration on the evening of Saturday, July 9 at the Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington.
The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Tenzin Gyatso, who officially celebrated his 81st birthday on July 6, is the 14th Dalai Lama.
The celebration was attended by many members of the Tibetan community; South Burlington alone is home to more than 20 Tibetan families. At one end of the room was an ornate display dedicated to the Dalai Lama, which was surrounded by paintings of the eight auspicious symbols, and gifts for His Holiness such as cake, dumplings, rice, tea and gift scarves. Tibetan prayer flags decorated the room. Everyone feasted on Tibetan food—and enjoyed entertainment by a series of singers. Finally, the night concluded with a circle dance, a tradition in which people join together in a synchronized dance and chant during special events.
About the Tibetan Association of Vermont
This organization has provided community and resources to Tibetans since its inception in 1993. Its most recent accomplishment was the proclamation of March 10, 2016 as Tibet Day in Vermont. The resolution was passed on the 57th anniversary of the National Tibet Uprising Day when Tibetans rose up against the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet. With the help of Rep. Maida Townsend, the State of Vermont House Chamber passed House Resolution 14 relating to the cultural, religious, and political status of Tibet and Tibetans. The Tibetan Association of Vermont is currently focused on plans and funding for a permanent Vermont Tibetan community center as well as its upcoming 14th annual Tibetan Festival, which will take place at North End Studios in Burlington on September 17. Learn more about the organization at http://www.vermonttibet.org/.