Tibetan Uprising Day is observed annually on March 10. It is a day set aside to remember the Tibetan uprising against the People’s Republic of China’s presence in Tibet in 1959. It is observed primarily by pro-Tibetan organizations and people and is frequently accompanied by the Dalai Lama’s delivery of a statement calling for renewed efforts to restore Tibet’s rightful place in the world.
History of Tibetan Uprising Day
Tibet, as it is today, was first unified in the Seventh Century A.D., by King Songsten Gampo and his successors. However, its history began in 127 B.C., with the formation of the Yarlung Dynasty. The People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China initially entered Tibet in 1949, defeating the small Tibetan army and seizing half of the nation, marking a watershed moment in Tibet’s history.
Repression, which included the destruction of holy buildings and the arrest of monks and other community leaders, rose substantially as resistance to the Chinese occupation grew, particularly in Eastern Tibet. The Communist Chinese government invaded Tibet in 1950, causing chaos and misery for Tibetans, finally resulting in the fall of the Tibetan government and the self-imposed exile of the Dalai Lama and 100,000 Tibetans in 1959.
Despite all the religious persecution, loss of their national heritage, and frequent violations of their human rights, Tibetans continue to raise their voices in unison, asking for independence.
Tibet is still considered a sovereign state under international law. Tibet’s sovereignty has not been transferred to China as a result of China’s armed invasion and ongoing occupation by the People’s Liberation Army (P.L.A.).
All who continue to support this cause believe, that someday, Tibet will achieve the independence it so dearly desires and deserves.
Tibetan Uprising Day timeline
The Chinese government imposes a 17-point agreement on the Tibetans — the newly installed 14th Dalai Lama and other officials in Lhasa.
The Dalai Lama promulgates a constitution for a democratic Tibet.
The second major mass protest breaks out when a monk group from the Sera monastery calls for independence.
When monks are arrested during peaceful protests, rioting and violent battles erupt in the Tibetan city of Lhasa.
Tibetan Uprising Day FAQs
How many people died in the 1959 uprising?
Throughout the uprising, about.87,000 Tibetans and 2,000 Chinese government troops were killed.
Is it safe to visit Tibet?
Yes, Tibet is a safe place to visit as any other country in Southeast Asia and it is even considered much safer than many of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
Is the Dalai Lama a Nobel Prize winner?
Yes. The Nobel Peace Prize was presented to the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) in 1989 “for supporting nonviolent solutions based on tolerance and mutual respect to preserving his people’s historical and cultural legacy.”
How to Observe Tibetan Uprising Day
Learn about the history of Tibet
Gain adequate knowledge about Tibet's political and societal truths from books, online platforms, and knowledgeable people. This will assist you in gaining a proper understanding and insight into the issues of the country.
Participate in calls for Tibet’s freedom
Freedom is a fundamental human right that no one should be deprived of. Through both physical and online channels, add your voice to the calls for the Chinese government to treat Tibetans fairly.
Donate to supporting organizations
Make financial contributions to bodies and organizations working together to liberate Tibet. Your contribution, no matter how small, will undoubtedly make an impact.
5 Facts About Tibet That Will Interest You
Major river source
It is the source of Five of Asia’s greatest rivers, which serve a population of over one billion people.
Home to Mt. Everest
Together with Nepal, it is home to the highest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest, rising 8,848m (29,029ft) above sea level.
Its climate is quite strange
Tibet’s atmosphere is severely dry for nine months of the year, and its average annual snowfall is only 46 cm (18 inches).
Dominated by subsistence agriculture
Tibetans majorly raise livestock such as sheep, cattle, and goats, as well as cultivate main crops such as barley, wheat, potatoes, and various fruits and vegetables for consumption and sales.
It hosts world heritage sites
Tibet contains two world heritage sites — the Potala Palace and Norbulingka, which were the residences of the Dalai Lama.
Why Tibetan Uprising Day is Important
It unites against oppression
This day helps bring people across the world together to take a stand against oppression. Through its activities, more people are encouraged to repel oppression even within their communities.
It highlights the force of collective good
The annual commemoration of the uprising's anniversary has had an impact over the years. This demonstrates the importance, necessity, and impact of getting together to support a worthy cause.
It promotes resilience
We are shown what it means to persist with a cause by the fact that the first rebellion occurred over 60 years ago and is still recognized today. This helps both participants and spectators to learn how to create resilience in their personal lives as well as within their community.
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