Tibet's revered spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, marks his 74th birthday Monday.
Thousands of Tibetans living in India and Nepal have come to Dharamsala in India's north, the Dalai Lama's home in exile, to celebrate the occasion.
Six Australian parliamentarians will be among the guests at the birthday festivities. China has protested the Australians' recent meetings with the Dalai Lama as a gross case of interference in China's internal affairs.
The people of Himalayan region of India and several Indian leaders are attended a special celebration event in New Delhi Monday.
Tibetan in the United States marked the Dalai Lama's 74th birthday with a day of community service Sunday. Volunteers in Minnesota and Washington, DC served meals at homeless shelters.