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Birthday Record Of Sorts

10 July 2019

At a well-attended reception hosted in New Delhi on July 6 to celebrate the 84th birthday of the Dalai Lama by the Tibetan government in exile, the Sikyong—Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration—had some nuggets to share about the 14th Dalai Lama’s birthday. For instance, while according to the western calendar it fell on July 6, as per the Tibetan calendar, it was to be observed the following day. The Sikyong jocularly noted that he was in the process of trying to break a record in joining the birthday celebrations. He’d participated in  the Dalai Lama’s private birthday celebrations in Dharamsala early in the morning, followed by a public celebration. Drawing attention to the heavy rain that often hampers the take-off of flights from mountainous Dharamsala, he said it was “karmic coincidence” that had enabled him to catch his flight to Delhi. And he was all set to catch a flight to Italy the same night to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday there.

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