On Saturday, November 15, 2014, The Newah Organization of America (NOA) celebrated Nepal Sambat 1135,commemorating national hero Sankhadhar Sakhwa. In presence of Pancha Kanyas the NOA President, Chief Guest, and special guest offered khada and flower bouquets on the picture of Shankhadhar Sakhwa the Founder of Nepal Sambat (Nepal Era).
More than two hundred community members and friends were gathered at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland to enjoy this special New Year celebration. The festive celebration started with the Dhimay Baja and welcome by beautiful Pancha Kanyas Miss Megha Joshi, Miss Lujala Ranjit, Miss Bibhusa Pikha, and Miss Kate Shrestha and Miss Yashila Shrestha. Mrs. Haribaba Kayestha and Mrs. Vidya Pradhan offered the blessing tika and red kokha along with sagun that represents the Newah symbols of good luck and protection from evil to all guests as they arrived in the evening.
Mrs. Babita Shrestha and Mr. Pushkar Prajapati as Master of Ceremony called all of the meeting officials and attendee to begin the program. NOA President Mr. Ram Lal Shrestha welcomed Chief Guest Charge d’Affairs Embassy of Nepal Mr. Rishi Ram Ghimire, Honorable Special Guest Mr. Narendra Bhakta Hada, as well as organization representatives, media representatives, and all attendees. Mr. Shrestha extended warm greetings on the occasion of Nepal Sambat 1135 and also mentioned that this organization is working together with all other organizations since it was established in 2001. He informed the recent celebration Nepal Sambat a New Year is belongs to all Nepalese people.
Mr. Beda Pradhan, NOA 1st Past President presided about NOA and its objective to preserve, promote and beyond our culture as well as language. Mr. Tribhuvan Tuladhar, NOA 2nd Past President highlighted National Hero Sankhadhar Sakhwa and importance of Nepal Sambat history founded in 879 AD prior to beginning of Nepal Sambat Calendar 1135 years ago.
Mr. Narendra Bhakta Hada, Honorable Special Guest and main speaker of the event elaborated the Newah Mhasika (Identity), its importance and necessity of preserving our own language and culture to our next generation. He also invited all the attendees to participate on the World Newah Organization Convention will be held end of April 2015 in Nepal.
Dear Friends and community members, jwajolappa!
You are cordially invited to the NEWAH ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA'S Annual Nepal Sambat 1135 celebration commemorating national
hero “Shankhadhar Sakhwa”
नेपालसम्बत११३५ कोसबैलाईमंगलमयशुभ-कामना !
Wishing you all a Happy Nepalese New Year NS 1135 !!
नेपालसम्बत ११३५ न्हूदंयालसताय्भिन्तुना !!!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Eastern Middle School
300 E. University Blvd.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Come enjoy delicious food, good company, and great entertainment in celebration of Nepal Sambat 1135, the National Era of Nepal. Join us for:
· >a traditional homemade Newah Samay Bajee and dinner buffet>
· >a live cultural program featuring NOALC students, local talent,
famous Nepalese singers and dancers including Mr. Yagya Man Shakya and many more.>
· >and DJ music for those who would like to groove!>
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.
For more information, please visit www.newah.org.
Please share this announcement with your friends and family!
Thank you for your continued support!
With best holiday wishes from your NOA Executive Committee
On Saturday, September 13, 2014, large number of community members friends & family celebrate the fourth annual Yenya Punhi (Indra Jatra) festival organize by the Newah Organization of America in Maryland. NOA continued the event tradition with authentic Newah food, a pyramid-style Samay Baji display with many different traditional indigenous items, the Lakhey (demon) Dance, the Pulukisi (white elephant) Dance, and a beautiful traditional local Kumari.
In spite of the early morning rainy day all the attendees enjoyed meeting friends and family as of Kathmandu valley tradition. NOA is proud to bring the community together to preserve our culture alive in the US. Beside DC metro area, we have participant from all over Boston, New york, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Colorado just to experience this year Yenyan Punhi (Indra Jatra) celebration.At the scenic Black Hill Regional Park in Maryland crowds gathered from noon to five o’clock evening were entertained various cultural presentation such as a Kumari by Miss Prisha Shrestha, as a Lakhe by Mr. Yagya Man Shakya, a performance of traditional instrument Dhimay and Bhusya by Mr. Pushkar Prajapati and Mr. Divakar Dhaubhadel and as a Pulukisi attendee Mr. Sushil Lal Shrestha and Mr. Mahindra Pradhan.Authentic Newah dish on a pyramid-style Samay Baji were displayed on the occasion, which was completed by Mr. Divakar Dhaubadel. Respected Newah Priest Mr. Basav Rajopadhyay explained about the Yenya Punhi (Indra Jatra) including brief of Dagni, Mata Biye and its importance in our life.
NOA President Mr. Ram Lal Shrestha welcomed representative from Nepalese Embassy Mr. Narayan Mainali with all attendees and thanked the generous community members who donated financial and food contributors, the dedicated executive committee and their families, the loyal NOA founding members, and all the enthusiastic attendees. He also expressed special thanks to Past President Mr.Rajesh Shrestha and his family for building the life-sized Pulukisi for NOA, Past President Mr. Season Shrestha for initial help to bing Dhimey and Bhusaya, Mr. Mahindra Pradhan for the coordinating Food & Beverage, Mrs. Babita Shrestha, Mr. Madan Shrestha, & Mr. Sushil Lal Shrestha for the store and transport of Pulukisi, Mrs. Krishna Pradhan & Mr. Yagya Man Shakya for presentation of the Kumari Display, Airzone Travel of Mr. Rajesh Lal Shrestha for sponsoring NOA T-shirts 2014, Aero Nepal Travel of Mr. Rakesh Tuladhar for the brochure and Mr. Rajesh Lal Shrestha and Kiran Ranjit for coordinating the venue.
Mr. Shrestha also welcome Executive Committee representative from Newah Organization of New England (Boston) Mr. Kumar Sindurakar, Samanta Bajracharya, Niraj Shrestha and their family.
During the same occasion, the famous Nepali poet “Janakavi” (People’s Poet) Mr. Durga Lal Shrestha’s new book “The Blossoms of Sixty Four Sunsets” has been jointly launched by NOA 1st past president Mr. Beda Pradhan, the Embassy of Nepal’s Counselor Mr. Narayan Prasad Mainali, and Mrs. Nancy Chhetri (UN Peace Corp -1970, volunteer teacher at Sanothimi School, Bhaktapur). This is a dual-language (Nepal Bhasa/English) collection of poems that has been translated into English by poet-linguist David Hargreaves. Janakavi Mr. Durga Lal Shrestha sent a Vintuna-best wishes audio message also broadcast in to the public.
Embassy of Nepal’s Counselor Mr. Narayan Prasad Mainali praised to NOA for promoting and keeping alive the Newah Nepalese traditions in the United State. Mr. Kumar Sindurkar representing Newah Organization of New England (Boston) also exchange a Vintuna on this occasion and promise to keep alive Newah tradition in New England region. Mr. Pushkar Prajapati, master of ceremonies, closed special talk session.
The large crowed enjoyed Local Kumari blessing and the Lakhey and Pulukisi performance at the park also children enjoyed recreational games along with delight while running away from the Lakhey and Pulukisi.
The Yenya Punhi celebration was very festive, and NOA extended sincere thanks to all who stretched well into the day and ended with a lot of wonderful new memories. Please visit NOA's website at www.newah.org or find us on Facebook or on YouTube to see photos and videos of the great event.