PESTALOZZI’S final Cultural Evening for the winter saw almost 100 people thronging to the charity for a celebration of the Tibetan New Year.
Guests were treated to traditional foods like momo (dumplings) and dresil (sweet rice), accompanied by their choice of sweet or salty po cha (butter tea).
Pestalozzi students Ugyen Wangchuk and Tenzin Jamphel performed a beautiful rendition of the song ‘Snow Lion of Peace’, and eight Tibetan students performed an enchanting traditional dance.
There was a serious side to the evening, as the Tibetan students at Pestalozzi, which is based in Sedlescombe, all come from Tibetan communities in exile.
Tibet declared independence exactly 100 years ago in 1913, but was incorporated into the People’s Republic of China in 1951 and its government abolished in 1959.
Tibetan students gave presentations about the current political situation in Tibet and showed a moving video about recent protests, including discussion of the 100 self-immolations in Chinese-occupied Tibet in the last four years.
Interested guests signed petitions and purchased t-shirts and stickers to show their solidarity with the Tibetan people.
The event ended on a lighter note, with guests having their fortunes read by finding slips of paper in mini dough balls.
Pestalozzi’s famous International Celebration will take place on Sunday March 9.
For more information, visit pestalozzi.org.uk/events.