A Tibetan student started 72 hour fast

Mar 02, 2014 18:49 | Tibet News
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A Tibetan student started 72 hour fast on Tibetan new year in Dharamsala

Dharamsala (Arvind Sharma )March 2

Losar or the Tibetan New Year 2141 begins on Sunday  with the mark that Tibetan community here is still feeling the pain of being away from the home land.

A Tibetan student Tenpa Dhargyal ,started off a 72 hour fast in front of the Martyrs Pillar inside the premises of the Tsuglakhang (the main Tebetan Temple ) at Mecleodganj in Dharamsala, on Sunday   

Tenpa who escaped to India after taking part in an anti China protest in Tibet during the 2008 nationwide protests, said ,”I,ll not  celebrate the Tibetan New Year but instead sit without food and water during the first three days of New Year  as a mark of solidarity with the Tibetans in Tibet.”

 

Tenpa further said,” I wanted to extend my  support to Tibetans protests inside Tibet and show my solidarity with the family and relatives of the Tibetans who have resorted to self immolation as a form of protest.”

 Since 2009, 127 Tibetans, have set themselves on fire demanding the exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama’s return and end to China’s repressive policies against Tibetans.

 

“We can’t forget the brave actions of our martyrs and thousands of Tibetan who continue to fight against the repression in Tibet,” said Tenpa, who is a student at the Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah in Dharamsala .

 Loser is celebrated for 15 days, with the main celebrations on the first three days of the first lunar month. This year Losar is being celebrated as Male Wood Horse.

The Losar is also celebrated in Nepal and India as well, where there is a strong concentration of the Buddhist population in the states like Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Himachal and Ladakh in Kashmir.[11] The Monpa tribe of Tawang and the Memba of the Mechukha valley of Arunachal celebrate Losar. Yet the Memba of Mechukha celebrate Losar one month earlier than the other Losar-celebrating peoples.