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In pictures: Dalai Lama's 70th birthday
Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness The Dalai Lama - 6/7/05
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Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama celebrated his 70th birthday on Wednesday.
Artists from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala give a drum salute to spiritual leader the Dalai Lama - 6/7/05
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Lavish processions and festivities were held in Dharamsala, India, where he has lived in exile since 1959.
A young Tibetan devotee leans from under an umbrella to catch a glimpse of the Dalai Lama - 6/7/05
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Thousands of followers attended the events, anxious to catch a glimpse of their revered leader.
Tibetan bagpipers march as they perform during the Dalai Lama's 70th birthday celebrations in Dharamsala - 6/7/05
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A display of Tibetan bagpipers made it a noisy affair.
Tibetan monks blow horns as they march with a portrait of their spiritual leader Dalai Lama in a procession in Kathmandu, Nepal - 6/7/05
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There were also celebrations in nearby Nepal, home to a large Tibetan community.
Tibetan Buddhist monks pray during a function to mark the 70th birthday celebrations of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Kathmandu, Nepal - 6/7/05
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But for these young monks, and for the Dalai Lama himself, the prospects of returning home remain remote.

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