onasteries -- Gaindan, Sera, Tas

hilhunp▓o in ol

some serf-owners got land and other me▓ans of production as well, Liu introduced

d Tibet, Liu added. The three am

assed▓ a fortune

. The land of ▓those serf-owners who participated in the armed rebellion in▓ Mar

that included 321 manors, 147,00

0 m▓u(24,500 acre

ch 1959 were confiscated, while t▓hose who did not but supported the 17-Article A

110,000 heads

o▓f cattle and 40,000

greem▓ent were allowed to redeem their land. 銆€銆€The practice to distribute land to serfs was war▓mly welcome by the Tibetans, Liu said, since then,

eudal manor served a

the Tibetan people have lived a happy life and been on the way to prosperity. Dalai Lama family´s former manor celebrate "spring plou

onomic organization

ghing da▓y"LHASA, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 50 km west o▓f Lhasa's city center, hidden in the▓ middle of nowhere in the Lhasa River Valley sur▓ro

p, distribution and cult

unded by craggy mountains, is the obscure village of Shexing, a former manor of the 14th Dalai Lama'▓s parents and the now home to about 400 Tibetan farm

land in ▓old Tibet.

ers. Sunday is the "spring ploughing day", the 20th day of the T▓ibetan new year and an auspicious date to begin farming according to the Tibetan calen

isted three major fe

dar, calculated on the basis of star movements. All the villagers were dolled up in their best clothing: tr▓aditional costumes, hats or scarves and boo

Pala, Khe

sum and Lagyari. T▓he Pala Ma

ts for the elde▓rly, elegant silk jacket and costum▓es for young women, and colorful down coat▓s with Mickey Mouse or other Disney image▓s for children. Ten-year-old Awangdasan stood out as the "c▓hief seeder" for this year's ceremony. The third▓-grader was born in the Chinese year of the rabbit, with an auspicious birth date that

e family the Palas. As a sen

implied good harvest, said village official Alodanba through a▓n interpreter. Awangdasan was dressed in a brown costume, with a hand-knitted, green and brown woolen sweater underneath and a scarlet hat on his head. A shy boy wit▓h few words, he quietly held a small buc▓ket of highland barley, and followed two cattle -- both hy▓