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World Tibet Day & Dalai Lama's Birthday Celebrated in Prague, Czech Republic

July 9, 2008

Tibet Cesky (Czech Republic)
July 8, 2008

World Tibet Day was celebrated at an informal get-together in the
chamber-like atmosphere of Rybanaruby cafe, tearoom & shop in Prague.
Each year this day coincides with Dalai Lama's birthday on July 6th.

At this meeting in honor of the Dalai Lama a birthday cake was eaten.
It was not a traditional Tibetan cake, but a Czech-style "Cuban
cake," mainly consisting of chocolate and bananas. Delicious tea was
served together with the cake. Participants could sign various
petitions provided by Amnesty International, for example there were
some against censorship and the death penalty in China among others.

"We support and very much appreciate your ongoing work helping to
bring about peace and justice in our world by taking non-violent
action and making people aware that doing nothing is the cause of
nothing.", was written on a card to be delivered to the Dalai Lama,
in a collective congratulation.

Everyone was also informed about an upcoming event planned for
October 2008. Monks from the Dalai Lama's monastery of Tashi Lhunpo,
re-established in India after the Chinese occupied Tibet, will come
to Prague. The monks are currently touring the UK and they will come
to Prague from the 20th to the 27th of October 2008. The monks' visit
is officially endorsed by the Mayor of Prague and their visit will
highlight a Week of Tibetan culture, consisting of such events as a
sacred Cham masked dance performance by the monks, a conference on
Tibet at Charles University, an evening of Inter-religious dialogue
at the Academic Parish of Prague, a photo exhibit and much more. More
can be found at

One day after World Tibet Day a bicycle ride in support of Tibet will
take place in several cities of the Czech Republic, starting out in
Prague on Monday July 7th. The aim is to raise awareness of the
long-term breaking of human rights in Tibet, as well as China and
Burma and to point out the total dichotomy of these violations with
the Olympic Charter. The Prague event will conclude by hanging the
Tibetan flag on Petrin Tower before moving to other cities, finally
reaching the Eastern-most largest city of the Czech Republic,
Ostrava, on the 24th of July.

This article was edited and translated into English by Tibet Cesky

The original article by Andrea Cerqueirová in Czech can be found at:
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