Source: Yahoo! News
Wire Service: AFP
On July 4, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "A sea of prayer flags called wind horses cover the slopes of this Himalayan town where Buddhist faithful are preparing to celebrate the 70th birthday of the exiled Dalai Lama, hoping he may live long enough to finally return home. 'We have hoisted hundreds of wind horses as this is no ordinary birthday,' Tibetan Women's Association president B. Thering said of the pennants which Buddhists believe offer longevity... Thousands of the Tibetan diaspora and supporters from around the world are set to gather in the seat of the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile on his birthday Wednesday in an event tinged with hope that he can one day return home to the land he fled almost fifty years ago after an uprising against Chinese rule was crushed."