After months of planning and fund raising the Tibet hot air balloon took to the skies for the first time on Saturday July 11th.
The ceremony took place in the gardens of the Buddhist Monastery of Garraf near Barcelona in northern Spain. The Tibet Balloon was blessed by the Most Venerable Jamyang Tashi Dorje Rinpoche in front of a gathered crowd of monks, Buddhist practitioners, Tibetan supporters and the national media. During the blessing the Rinpoche gave the balloon a Tibetan Buddhist name, Tashi Gyaltsen, and she will now be known as ‘Tashi’.
Standing at nearly 100 feet (30 meters), Tashi is the largest Tibetan flag in the world. The Tibetan flag, which is also known as the Snow Lion flag, is a powerful symbol of Tibetan national identity but is banned in Tibet under Chinese rule. More than six million people face brutal imprisonment for owning, waving or flying their national flag. It is censored from any media in China. Today, the flag is an enduring symbol of the Tibetan people’s struggle for freedom.
The Tibet Balloon will be flown in the UK and around the world at a series of high impact events attracting large audiences and significant media coverage to raise awareness of the Tibetan issue and funds for the Tibetan community in exile.
We are continuing to raise funds to cover the costs of taking the Tibet Balloon to as many events as possible. Please click here if you would like to support us.