Newah People by Prof Manik Lal Shrestha
Let Us Promote the Identity, Language and Culture of Newah People!
Let Us Further Strengthen the Newah People´s Commitment and Dedication for Equality and Freedom!
(Keynote Address delivered at the Twelfth Annual Meeting and Convention of
Newah Organization of America May 25, 2013)
Prof Manik Lal Shrestha
Let me first extend my grateful thanks to all of you for giving me this opportunity of participating as chief guest in this auspicious Twelfth Annual Meeting and Convention of Newah Organization of America and delivering this Keynote Address. It is befitting that we discuss in this glorious Convention subjects of solemn importance like `What exactly is the identity of Newah people?´ `What are the features and importance of our language and culture?´ `What are the excellent virtues of Newah people?´ `What remarkable role have the Newah people played in the national democratic struggle of the Nepalese people and in the promotion of human independence and civilization?´ It is quite essential to deliberate in this meeting these important issues and I think it will be appropriate for me also to express my views on them. However it is quite embarassing for me that I am not an expert of language, literature and culture of Newah people as the organisers of this convention have expected. Anyway I venture to stand before you only to share with you my experiences in the capacity of an activist involved in the struggle for achieving the political, economic and cultural rights of the Newah people as well as other people belonging to indigenous communities.
Although you are residing here in the United States of America, your root lies in the place of emergence of your nation or community and the place in which your culture has flourished and evidently that place is NEPAL, particularly its NEPAL MANDAL area. Wherever you stay, you have an inseparable link, unbreakable bond with the national democratic struggle of the Newah people. In order to clearly undertand the nature of this struggle, we should know who exactly the people called Newah ( Newal, Newar ) are .
Nepal Sambat 1134 Celebration
You are cordially invited to the NEWAH ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA'S Annual Nepal Sambat 1134 celebration commemorating national hero “Shankhadhar Sakhwa”!
Nhu Dan Ya Bhintuna!
Naya Barsa ko Suvkamana! Happy New Year!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
300 E. University Blvd.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Come enjoy delicious food, good company, and great entertainment in celebration of Nepal Sambat 1134, the National Era of Nepal. Join us for:
Mark your calendar now! Admission fee of $20 per person includes meals (Samay Bajee and Buffet Bhoy) as well as live entertainment. Children under 10 are free.
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Thank you for your continued support!
NOA Makes History Once Again Keeping Yenya Punhi Traditions Alive in the US
On Sunday, September 22, 2013, more than 600 Newahs and friends gathered at the third annual Yenya Punhi (Indra Jatra) celebration organized by the Newah Organization of America (NOA). NOA continued the event tradition with a delicious Samay Bajee for all participants, a pyramid-style Samay Bajee display with many different traditional food items, the Lakhey (demon) Dance, the Pulukisi (white elephant) Dance, and a beautiful local Kumari .
Attendees enjoyed comraderie, terrific weather, meeting friends old and new, and joining in festivities that connected children and adults alike with this Yenya Punhi Newah tradition from Kathmandu Valley. NOA is proud to bring the community together to keep our culture alive in the US. We believe this was the single largest gathering of Newah people to date in the US! It was a wonderful way to bring back golden childhood memories for some while creating strong new Yenya Punhi memories for all.
Photo by: Samikshya Sapkota
An excited crowd gathered from noon to 5:00 pm at the scenic Black Hills Regional Park in Boyds, Maryland. Attendees were entertained by the Kumari Miss Mala Pradhan, the Lakhey dancers Mr. Yagya Man Shakya and Mr. Divakar Dhaubhadel, and the Pulukisi dancers Mr. Sushil Lal Shrestha and Mr. Rakesh Tuladhar, Dhimay Baja Mr. Pushkar Prajapati and Roshan Shrestha. The amazing Samay Bajee display was coordinated by Mr. Divakar Dhaubadel. The children enjoyed recreational games—and screaming with delight while running away from the Lakhey and Pulukisi.
NOA President Mr. Season Shrestha welcomed attendees and thanked the generous volunteers and food contributors, the talented dancers, the dedicated event coordinators, the hard-working Executive Committee members and their families, the loyal NOA founding members, and all the enthusiastic attendees. He expressed special thanks to: Past President Mr.Rajesh Shrestha and his family for building the life-sized Pulukisi for NOA in 2012; Mr. Sushil Lal Shrestha for providing the sound system; Mr. Ram Lal Shrestha for coordinating the foods; Mr. Yagya Man Shakya for coordinating the dances; and Mr. Rakesh Tuladhar for sponsoring NOA T-shirts.
Ms. Soni Shrestha and Ms. Rosy Shrestha explained the meaning and significance of Yenya Punhi (Indra Jatra) and the Samay Bajee display in both Nepal Bhasa and English.
Deputy in Charge of Mission from the Embassy of Nepal in Washington, DC Mr. Narayan Mainally thanked NOA for promoting and keeping alive the Nepalese traditions in the US—especially the Newah traditions.
Mr. Sashi Mahaju , Chief Editor of Matina Swallapau from London, Mr. Shakya Suren from WNO-Nepal, Mrs. Sushila Shakya from Nepal Bhasa Manka Khala Yala, Mr. Keith Federman, fitness specilist, and Ms. Mora Dely aka Ani Dolkar from the Buddhist Monastery in Poolsville, MD, expressed their appreciation and thanked NOA for organizing the event to preserve and promote Newah culture in the US.
The Yenya Punhi celebration was very festive, and NOA sincerely thanks all involved for making it such a fun, memorable community event. Please visit NOA's website at www.newah.org, or come find us on Facebook or on YouTube to see photos and videos of the great event.