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On the 6th of July every year we celebrate H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama’s birthday. On that day all staff and all students gather together and students perform some performances like dancing and singing, etc.
But, this year we celebrated H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday a little differently. Around 9 in the morning we all gathered together and we did Sangsol. Sangsol is where we gather in a circle, sing, and throw flour. We do this for every new thing or auspicious day, before it starts, to bring success and meaning. Simply put, it is prayers to Buddhist protectors. We also burned leaves to make white smoke. We call this Tsangsheng. As we are Buddhist, we believe that when we burn tsangsheng there are spirits that heal the hungry with the smell of the burning.
After all that, instead of dancing and singing we did prayer the whole day. Before lunch we ate dasy (sweet rice with cashew nuts, fruit, and coconut) and we drank butter tea that was made by some of our elder students and kitchen staff. At lunch we rested a little bit and again we did prayer. That prayer was led by Gen la Sangpo and Gen la Lobsang. After lunch we also drank tea. At evening time, it was raining and it was cold, so we used blankets to keep us warm. That night we watched a movie called Kundun, which was about the life of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama.
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