Dharamsala, 6th July 2012: To celebrate today’s auspicious day of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s 77th birthday, Tibetan Women Association (TWA) hosted three different events in Dharamsala; Free flowers and plant’s saplings distribution, a lunch and sweet treats for leprosy patients at two hospitals in Palampur and sweets circulation to the Indian offices in and around Dharamsala.
750 saplings have been distributed to the last with the goal of unification with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s consistent effort in propagating the importance of staying in harmony with Mother Nature and of course contributing our bit to make our earth a greener and healthier place to live in. The sprout distribution started around 10:30am. People entering and exiting the Main temple, during the commemoration of His Holiness’s birthday celebration function, has gladly accepted the saplings with the appreciation of TWA’s unique approach of celebrating the day and its contribution to a greener earth. The recipients of the saplings include grandparents, parents, monks, nuns, foreigner staying in Dharamsala, Indian residents, young people, and also children. “This is indeed a really a beautiful gift for the people on such a wonderful occasion; we are in awe of TWA for such a great work,” said a monk from Nechung Monastery.
TWA has also set up a lunch and sweets for leprosy patients at Palampur Leprosy Homes and Hospital. The hospital has been doing great in its endeavour to cure leprosy patients. As a token of love and thanks, especially for the medical aid provided for the Tibetan patients at the hospital, (9 out of 18 patients are Tibetan) TWA has chosen this special occasion to thank them and share our love for the patients who has been fearless in tolerating such disease. TWA has also given away sweets and juices to the patients and staffs at Government Leprosy Hospital, Kanwari, Palampur. “The patients received our small lunch with such an affection and gratitude; in fact, they have been waiting for the arrival of TWA’s members as they have been informed earlier about it. They are looking forward to continuance such gestures from TWA” said Samten Dolma, Vice President of TWA, who has been to the spot and circulated sweets.
Furthermore, in accordance with Indian culture of sweet-giving on special occasion, TWA has been to 39 different Indian offices in Dharamsala to share the happiness of today’s auspicious occasion with our Indian friends. The offices include: post offices, banks, SP office, DC office, Police station, water supplier office, municipal office, electric office, friends at Bharat Tibet Sahyog Munch, Himalaya Parivaar and so on.
TWA has finally ended the day by successfully hosting all three events.
Pictures of the event can be viewed at TWA’s Facebook account.