April 30, 2010: 9:00AM – Dari, Dharamsala
A “Thank You Himachal Pradesh Day” was observed today at Dari, near Dharamshala, to mark the 50th anniversary of residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, in particular; and the Tibetan community, in general, in Himachal Pradesh. The ceremony was led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and in attendance were: His Holiness the Karmapa; Kalon Tripa; two speakers of the Tibetan Exile Government; and many Indian and Tibetan dignitaries. Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, the honourable Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, graced this special occasion on behalf of the State Government of Himachal Pradesh. His Holiness the Dalai Lama thanked profusely the Government and the people of Himachal Pradesh for their kindness and generosity shown to him and to the Tibetan people all these years.
Following the ceremony, His Holiness the Karmapa commented that India’s kindness to the Tibetan people demonstrates their commitment to Dharma, which is why all Dharma continues to flourish here.
Prof. Prem Kumar Dumal, in his speech, made a special mention of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s presence and contribution in making Dharamshala, of Himachal Pradesh, a world famous place today.
The ceremony, attended by thousands of people, concluded with a grand tea reception arranged by DIIR, CTA, and the Regional Tibetan Welfare Office, CTA at Dharamshala.