Every country has an independence or national day regardless of its current political status and Tibet is no exception. February 13, 2013 marks the 100 years since Tibetans proclaimed the restoration of their independence. On Wednesday, February 13 (the 3rd day of Tibetan New Year), Tibetans and supporters worldwide celebrated the centennial of the Tibetan Independence Day – a symbolic day that we pledge to mark every year. In occupied countries, observing the independence day has become a powerful expression of a people’s desire for freedom.
At this time when nearly 100 Tibetans have self-immolated to protest Chinese rule, a global commemoration of this historic occasion will help to renew our spirits, reaffirm our vision, and strengthen our struggle.
Students for a Free Tibet, India Chapter have also celebrated the day with great enthusiasm by organizing a series of event from morning till night, aiming to make young, old and teens to know the importance of the day. Dharamsala the exile headquarters of Dharamshala, Tibetans and supporters took part in a day-long event marked with an exhibition displaying historical facts asserting Tibet’s independent status followed by a talk on His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama and his efforts in securing Tibet’s independence, culminating with a concert in the evening.
In India, SFT chapters in Delhi, Jalhandhar, Kolkata, Chennai(TSAM), and Bangalore organized similar events.