Serfs Emancipation Day Tibet
The Serfs Emancipation Day takes place on March 28 every year. On March 28, 1959, the central government announced it would dissolve the aristocratic local government of Tibet and replace it with a preparatory committee for establishing the Tibet Autonomous Region.
That meant the end of serfdom and the abolition of the hierarchic social system characterized by theocracy, with the Dalai Lama as the core of the leadership. About 1 million serfs and slaves, accounting for 90 percent of Tibetan population in the1950s, were thus emancipated.
Quote from the Hindu, India’s national paper commenting on emancipation day
Tsondre retired 69-year-old farmer
“I was born to a serf’s family and was made a monk in the Sera monastery when I was young,” he said adding he would never forget this tragedy. He was at the lowest strata in the monastery; doing all kinds of chores throughout the year and did not get enough food.
“due to starvation many people like me went out to beg for food; but if we were discovered by the monks at upper levels, we would be clubbed or cowhided.
A further report-
Slaves wailed and begged from passers by, some had their legs chopped of by their landlords, some had their eyes gouged out and some were without hands, the landlords lived in Luxury.
“In their houses hung whips, knives, and shackles he added”.
March 28, is an annual holiday in the Tibet Autonomous Region, which celebrates the emancipation of serfs in Tibet. The holiday was adopted by the Tibetan legislature on January 19, 2009, and was promulgated that same year. In modern Tibetan history, March 28, 1959, was the day that the Tibetan government was declared illegal by the People’s Republic of China, which according to official Chinese history, liberated Tibetans from feudalism and theocracy. The head of that former government, the 14th Dalai Lama, calls the holiday a diversion from current problems in Tibet.
Posted on March 15, 2013, in China, Communist, Government, politics, Religion and tagged 14th Dalai Lama, Central Tibetan Administration, China, Dalai Lama, Religion, Serf Emancipation Day, Tibet, Tibet Autonomous Region, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan people. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.