Bhutanese Community of Columbus celebrates the Nepali New Year 2070 B.S. A function is organized today at Columbus Global Academy school. About 500 resettled Bhutanese refugees and some government and non-government representatives witnessed the program. The function was marked by exchanging good wishines, cultural shows and some typical Nepali traditional performances.
Program was organized under the chairmanship of Narayan Sharma while Ganesh Ghimire was coordinating the function.
New Year is the time at which a new calendar Bikram Sambat begins in Nepal. Bikram Sambat (B.S.) is 56.7 years older than the Georgian Calendar.
The traditional New Year of Bikram Samwat is one of the many festivals of Nepal, marked by parties, family gatherings, the exchange of good wishes, and participation in rituals to ensure good fortune in the coming year.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has extended greetings to Nepal and Nepali for the new year 2070 BS.
“On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer the people of Nepal my warmest wishes for a joyful New Year”, he said.
He added, “this is an opportunity to celebrate national unity and goodwill in Nepal, and for people of Nepali heritage around the world to reflect on new beginnings and possibilities,”
Kerry hopes that the coming year will see successful elections and completion of a new constitution in Nepal.
“We look forward to continuing our strong friendship with the Nepali people in the New Year,” he said.
Source: Online media
Mr.Y.N Chaulagai Originally from Bhutan who has been residing in Damak, Jhapa Nepal since he was evicted from the country of origin, has presented his feeling of strong hatred of tyranny . He could not forget his birth place “Bhutan” and remembers through his book named “Sakchhi”. The first few paragraphs of the book are here; “साछी” पुस्तक को परिचय
- “In what circumstances does a human being become a “Refugee”? What is the true meaning of the word “Refugee”? Under what dire conditions are people ready to leave, in a minutes notice and under duress, the house they were born in; the land their ancestors had spilled their sweats and blood in; their dear motherland; and all their earthly possessions? An investigative report to these very questions is the book “Sakchhi” (“Witness”).
During 1989/90 (Nepali calendar 2047/48), an invisible political earthquake encapsulated Bhutan resulting in thousands of martyrs and hundreds of thousands of refugees. The powerful ruling class tried to eliminate its own population with torture and every other suppression techniques at its disposal. As a result of these political and social tornadoes, innocent Bhutanese citizens, fearing for their lives, sought shelter and security in nearby Nepal. Those very people are Bhutanese refugees.
Atrocities committed on those refugees, during this period of turmoil, have been depicted in the book. “Sakchhi”, thus, is a story attempting to accurately portray the heinous crimes committed by the Bhutanese government and its henchmen on an innocent people.”
Bhutanese Refugee Association of Intellectual Nova(BRAIN) conducted three(3) hours long Nepali Cultural Orientation to the fifteen American Citizens on 3rd February, 2013.
The programme was fascinated by a typical Nepali cultural dance by school students.According to one of the attendee Mr. Brain Faulkner ,the most interesting part of the programm was the Nepali Food items which was never seen and tested before.
The programme was facilitated by the Chairperson of the organization Mr. Bashu Khanal, who was resettled in colorado from Beldangi Camp in Nepal on 21st may 2012.
Most of them promised to work with Bhutanese Community in the days to come and help in the way possible as per their capabilities.
The attendees were from different professional backgrounds such as teachers , Engineers, Dentists and so on.
The three-day festival, commemorating the union of the Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, involves sumptuous feasts and rigid fasting. Hindu women pray for marital bliss, the well-being of their spouses and children, and the purification of their own bodies and souls during this period of religious fasting. The Hindus marks this festival all over the world.
The Global Bhutanese Community of Colorado(GBCC) observed the Haritalika Teej today in Lowry Hospital Complex in an open ground amidst a grand cultural performan ces .
According to the organizer, the program was attended by more than 300 people.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Krishna Maya Chapagain an elderly lady, 103 years was honored by the Organization .The American spectators who were fascinated in red saries danced and enjoyed to the rhythm of teej songs played, which was another attraction of the programme.
One of the board members Ms Gaynu Koirala highlighted on the importance of the cultural and tradition aspect of teej celebration with a view to inform and keep the children and youths in contact with the culture.
Chairman of GBCC Mr. Hari Uprety also congratulated the programme Committee for their accomplishment of the programme so successfully and for being so systematic.
Meanwhile, other founder members and well-wishers were remembered and thanked for their tremendous contribution in bringing the organization to the present stage and sought help to attain the status of Charity based Organization.