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Tibetan exiles in India celebrate Dalai Lama's 84th birthday

Updated : 2019-07-06 17:14:01

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibet, turned 84 on July 6. Tibetan exiles in Dharmashala, Himanchal Pradesh distributed sweets and cakes and conducted prayers to celebrate the event. Tibetan traditional dances were also performed to mark the day, as well. However, the spiritual leader did not attend the ceremony. Winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize and one of the most recognisable faces of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is an important figure bringing Buddhist teachings to the international community. However, with his advancing age, the question of who will succeed him, has become more pressing. The successor to the Dalai Lama is traditionally located by senior monastic disciples, based on spiritual signs and visions. In 2011, however, the Chinese foreign ministry declared that only the government in Beijing can appoint the next Dalai Lama and no recognition should be given to any other succession candidate.

Jetsun Pema pays her respects in front of a portrait of her brother, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, at an event marking his 84th birthday at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. Tibetan traditional dances were performed, sweets and cake distributed and prayers conducted to celebrate the event. The Dalai Lama did not attend the festivities. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Jetsun Pema pays her respects in front of a portrait of her brother, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, at an event marking his 84th birthday at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. Tibetan traditional dances were performed, sweets and cake distributed and prayers conducted to celebrate the event. The Dalai Lama did not attend the festivities. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Lobsang Sangay, the president of the Central Tibetan Administration in exile, standing second right, holds a knife with Kishan Kapoor, a lawmaker from Bharatiya Janata Party, second left, and other Tibetan officials as they cut a cake to mark the 84th birthday of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Lobsang Sangay, the president of the Central Tibetan Administration in exile, standing second right, holds a knife with Kishan Kapoor, a lawmaker from Bharatiya Janata Party, second left, and other Tibetan officials as they cut a cake to mark the 84th birthday of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
An exile Tibetan band waits to welcome the chief guest as Tibetans gather to mark the 84th birthday of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
An exile Tibetan band waits to welcome the chief guest as Tibetans gather to mark the 84th birthday of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Young exile Tibetan students wait to perform a traditional dance at an event marking the 84th birthday of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Young exile Tibetan students wait to perform a traditional dance at an event marking the 84th birthday of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
An exile Tibetan receives a tray of sweets and cake to distribute to the crowd at an event marking the 84th birthday of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
An exile Tibetan receives a tray of sweets and cake to distribute to the crowd at an event marking the 84th birthday of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Exile Tibetans sit on a staircase behind a large portrait of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama as they gather to mark his 84th birthday at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Exile Tibetans sit on a staircase behind a large portrait of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama as they gather to mark his 84th birthday at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
An exile Tibetan Buddhist nun listens to her spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmshala, Friday, July 5, 2019. Former employees of the Central Tibetan Administration presented their spiritual leader with ceremonial offerings and prayed for his longevity at the temple. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
An exile Tibetan Buddhist nun listens to her spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmshala, Friday, July 5, 2019. Former employees of the Central Tibetan Administration presented their spiritual leader with ceremonial offerings and prayed for his longevity at the temple. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Former employees of the Central Tibetan Administration wait to present their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama with ceremonial offerings at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamhsala, India, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Former employees of the Central Tibetan Administration wait to present their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama with ceremonial offerings at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamhsala, India, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
A former employee of the Central Tibetan Administration, wearing a badge that reads
A former employee of the Central Tibetan Administration, wearing a badge that reads "Tibet," waits to present his spiritual leader the Dalai Lama with ceremonial offerings at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees as he arrives at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees as he arrives at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, in yellow robe, greets a devotee as he arrives at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, in yellow robe, greets a devotee as he arrives at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
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