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Solo: Grand ceremony for Serfs Emancipation Day held in Lhasa
14:20, March 29, 2009  

March 28, 1959, mattered a magnificent date for Tibet as 1 million serfs were freed from the arbitrary serf owners, and thus the region has ushered into a new society.

50 years later, a grand ceremony was held to celebrate the first Serfs Emancipation Day, in the square of Potala Palace, and I was there to witness it.

The grand ceremony for Serfs Emancipation Day is held in the square of Potala Palace, March 28, photo by Wang Shu from China Tibet Information Center.

I arrived at the square before the Sun’s up, it was a bit chilly in the early morning. At about eight o’clock, it was beginning to get light.

The square of Potala Palace was decorated with colorful flowers and balloons. Two parterres in both Tibetan and Han characters written “Celebrating the Serfs Emancipation Day” were placed in front of the square. On the west and east side, there stands eight red drums, with words reading “Long Live the Motherland” in Tibetan and Han characters on the front, and eight Tibetan auspicious symbols on the back.

Pupils in Lhasa No.2 Primary School are waving the five stars national flags and bouquets, photo by Mirenda from China Tibet Information Center.

1,3280 people of different ethnic minorities from various circles in Tibet, attended the ceremony. The number 10,000 representatives one million serfs in old Tibet, while the 328 means March, 28.

At ten o’clock, Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Tibet regional government, announced the beginning of the celebration in both Tibetan language and Mandarin.

Sita, vice minister of the Central United Front Work Department, Dondrup Wangboin, deputy director of the State Nationalities Affairs Commission, Hao Peng, executive vice chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region and so on, attended the ceremony.

With the running of the five stars national flag, people lifted the hada scarfs while students saluted to the flag.

Zhang Qingli, secretary of Tibet Party Committee, delivered a speech in the ceremony.

He said:”On March 28, 1959, 50 years ago, the Premier Zhou Enlai ordered the People’s Liberation Army in Tibet to quench the armed rebellion, and dissolved the aristocratic local government of Tibet. The democratic reform was carried out in the snow-capped Tibet. Since then, one million serfs become the masters of their own destiny.”

On this January 19, the second session of the 9th Tibet Regional People Congress designated March 28 as the Serfs Emancipation Day to mark the date on which about 1 million serfs in the region were freed 50 years ago.

“History will never be forgotten. Today we gathered here to celebrate the Serf Emancipation Day, so as people with different ethnic minorities could realize the meaning of the democratic reform, and to exposure the dark and unenlightened feudal serfdom society,” said Zhang.

A Tibetan woman is presenting a hada scarf, photo by Wang Su from China Tibet Information Center.

History will never be forgotten. To get rid of the feudal serfdom social system, and emancipate the serfs in Tibet, is a historic necessity and a milestone of the human right industry in the world, said Zhang.

At the end of the speech, Zhang firmly affirmed the great achievements over the last 50 years in culture, society, economy, education and so on in Tibet. The liberated people of all ethnic groups in Tibet have the capacity of masters of the nation, enthusiastically participated in the grand course of constructing a new society and creating their new lives, and worked miracles that had never happened in the Tibetan history.

The ceremony lasted one hour. People took photos in front of the Potala Palace after ending the ceremony. The square was filling with festive atmosphere.

Source:China Tibet Information Center

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