Photos: The Dalai Lama celebrates the New Year in Minneapolis

Arts & Culture Nikki Tundel Nikki Tundel · ·

1 The Dalai Lama celebrates the Tibetan New Year, or Losar, in Minneapolis on Sunday. The event marks the first time since his exile that His Holiness observed Losar outside of India. 
2 A father makes some last-minute adjustments to his son's attire. 
3 More than 2,500 people pack the gym at Augsburg College to see the Dalai Lama speak. 
4 Tea is served as the crowd waits for the arrival of the Dalai Lama. 
5 The New Year's altar is layered with fruit, candy and various breads. These food offerings are a way to express gratitude for the previous year. 
6 Young women wait to perform for the Dalai Lama during a celebration of the Tibetan New Year in Minneapolis on Sunday. 
7 His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, watched a dance performance at Augsburg College in Minneapolis Sunday during a Tibetan New Year celebration. 
8 Lahadon Lahadon, right, says she can't believe she has the opportunity to be in the same room as the Dalai Lama. 
9 Monks and lamas stand to honor His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. In the center is 7-year-old Jalue Rinpoche. 
10 A young attendee is tempted by the drums, which were waiting to be used in a performance at the Tibetan New Year's celebration on March 2, 2014. 
11 An attendee bows at the altar to give thanks during a celebration of the Tibetan New Year. 
12 A group plays cards next to a collection of pots and pans. It is typical for families to bring their own food to celebrations -- everything from dumplings to noodles. 
13 Drummer Tenzin Zegyal leads dancers during the New Year celebration. 
14 The women's dance group Gooshay performs at the Tibetan New Year celebration. 
15 Lobssang Dolkal, center, plays video games with his friends. Instead of watching traditional Tibetan dances, the boys opted for a computer version of "cops and robbers." 
16 A young attendee naps in front of a portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama. 
17 The Tibetan New Year's celebration lasted for 8 hours on Sunday at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. The event left some attendees in need of a little shut-eye.