Gallery: Losar Celebration
February 27, 2009
Evanston celebrated Losar — the most important holiday in Tibet — with an evening to honor and preserve Tibetan culture by raising money and awareness for Tibet Girls School. Many thanks to Wild Tree Cafe
for hosting this wonderful evening and to everyone who opened their hearts and wallets helping us to raise more than $3,000 at the event.
Dorjee Rabgyal at the counter of host Wild Tree Cafe. Dorjee and Asang prepared Tibetan momos, vegetable thukpa (a Himalayan noodle and vegetable soup), and butter tea so that everyone could experience and enjoy the flavors of Tibet.
The celebration — a benefit for Tibet Girls School — featured a silent auction of more than twenty-five gifts and services, including donations by practitioners at Heartwood Center and a traditional Tibetan dinner prepared in one's own home. Many thanks to donors and bidders for their generosity.
Tsogyaling President Nancy Floy introduces Asang, the center's Executive Director, to begin the program and talk about why they started the Tibet Girls School.
The shrine provides a special place for offerings of the food we enjoyed as part of the Losar Tibetan New Year celebration, as well as incense, flowers, candles and a representation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Losar guests get the dance party going and warm up the chilly February night.
Asang, Nancy Floy (left, acupuncturist at Heartwood
) and Dorjee Rabgyal (far right) thank Nancy Baker (center) and Colleen Hubbard (bodywork practitioner at Heartwood
) for their efforts in putting the event together. Each woman received a khata, the Tibetan prayer scarf offered as a sign of recognition and respect.
Nancy Floy, Alison Oakes, Laura Dorfman, Dorjee Rabgyal, Asang and Lori Howell.
Lissa Pete, Dorjee Rabgyal, Asang, Nancy Floy, Kevin Cunningham, Elizabeth Hart and Anne Bodine.
The Losar celebration really gets cooking late into the evening. Charlotte Christian (in orange and an acupuncturist at Heartwood
) teaches some bhangra moves from her native India to the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire
A shrine was created in one area of Wild Tree Cafe to honor Shakyamuni Buddha and to wish His Holiness the Dalai Lama good luck for the coming year.
As part of the evening's program, Asang shared a traditional song from Tibet.
Tsogyaling board member Lissa Pete (acupuncturist at Heartwood
) leads guests in lighting candles for all Tibetan people who lost lives in our struggle for human rights.
Guests place their bids for silent auction items. A photography exhibit featuring the students at Tibet Girls School was also on display.
Nancy Floy, Nancy Baker and Terry Beam model knit hats handcrafted by Sandy Hubbard which were available through the silent auction.
In addition to the silent auction, guests enjoyed a photo exhibit of students at Tibet Girls School, curated by Laura Dorfman.