(TibetanReview.net, Oct28, 2015) – The government of the northeast Indian state of Sikkim, which adjoins Chinese ruled Tibet, has on Nov 5 declared the birthday of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, as a restricted holiday. This means that followers of the Dalai Lama working in government and public sector institutions in the state can claim his birthday, which falls on Jul 6, as a holiday.
The declaration was issued by the state’s Chief Minister Mr Pawan Chamling. It said the day would be observed as one of the restricted holidays in all the government offices, public sector undertakings and educational institutions under the state government.
Earlier, on Dec 29, 2014, the south Indian state of Karnataka inaugurated a decision in the state’s Mundgod Tibetan Settlement to mark the Dalai Lama’s birthday every year. The Dalai Lama at that time launched a project by the state’s ministry of tourism for this purpose. During the function, the state’s Tourism minister Mr RV Deshpande urged the Dalai Lama to keep visiting the state. The state is home to a sizeable number of Tibetans living in agricultural settlements.