Happy Losar! Happy Tibetan New Year everyone!
Losar is celebrated on the lunar calendar, usually coinciding with the Chinese New Year. People come together to celebrate with chanting, ceremonies, and other festivities.
But it’s a different Tibet this Losar as a new New York Times article explains:
“There is no Losar,” he said, standing in this monastery town on the edge of the Tibetan plateau. “They killed so many people last year.”
A few weeks ahead of the 50th anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule, and a year after a crackdown on renewed ethnic unrest in this area, Tibetans are quietly but irrepressibly seething. Monks, nomads and merchants have turned the joyous Losar holiday into a dirge, memorializing Tibetans who died in last year’s conflict and pining for the return of the exiled Dalai Lama.
We wish everyone the best in the new year.
For more about Tibet, check out our upcoming book, Freeing Tibet: 50 Years of Struggle, Resilience, and Hope by John B. Roberts II and Elizabeth A. Roberts, which will be published on March 10, 2009 — 50 years after the Dalai Llama crossed over from Tibet to India, beginning his rule in exile.
Publishers Weekly said “Former Reagan strategist Roberts and journalist Elizabeth Roberts draw on unprecedented access to the Dalai Lama’s circle and U.S. government insiders to recount Tibet’s resistance movement and its unlikely allies….this book offers a clear overview of the key issues and conveys why Tibet’s situation is more urgent that ever” and Kirkus wrote “A treasure trove of information about Tibet’s ordeal….[an] informative take on an important aspect of Asian political history.”