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Tibetans in Shimla celebrates International Summer Festival

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Monks from Dorje Drak monastery participating in the carnival session during the International summer festival of Shimla

By Shyamal Sinha

Monks from Dorje Drak monastery participating in the carnival session during the International summer festival of Shimla

Simla, is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is also a district which is bounded by the state of Uttarakhand in the south-east, districts of Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, Sirmaur in the south and Solan in the west. In 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India, succeeding Murree, northeast of Rawalpindi. After independence, the city became the capital of Punjab and was later made the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is the principal commercial, cultural and educational centre of the state .

The Tibetans in Shimla participated in the celebration of Shimla’s annual summer festival. The festival is observed every year in the month of May and June and this time the celebration was held from 3-6 June. The key highlight of this year’s summer festival was that it was dedicated to foreign visitors and tourists thus observing the event as International summer festival.

The 4-day extravaganza included a huge participation of people from different religion and cultural background coming together to celebrate the diverse roots by performing colorful folk dances and other musical performances. The Tibetans in and around Shimla also took part in this grand celebration. They performed a number of Tibetan cultural dances including the famous snow lion dance. Also, various art and handicrafts were displayed at the event exhibiting the unique culture and tradition of Tibet.

Tibetans in Shimla headed by the various governmental and non-governmental organisation including the students of Sambhota Tibetan school, Dholanji gathered and participated in the event celebrating the advent of summer.

-Filed by TSO, Shimla

Tibet’s famous snow lion dance performed at the summer festival