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.
Dear Friends and Community Members:
NOA is pleased to announce 4th Annual Yenya Punhi (Indra Jatra) Gathering on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 in Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Newah people are so rich in culture and heritage, and we’re excited to celebrate one great piece of it again this year—let’s get together to be festive and remember our traditions.
We cordially invite you, your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to join this special outdoor gathering at the beautiful Black Hill Regional Park in Maryland. Please come and enjoy good company and traditional Newah food. We’ll have a delicious samay bajee, and traditional Pulukisi, Lakhey, Kumari, Pyakhan (Elephant, Lakhey, and Kumari, Mask dance) and some new additions this year, come find out what they are. Please mark your calendars:
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time: 12:00-5:00 pm
Venue: Black Hill Regional Park, Black Hill - Shelter "I"
Address: 20930 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, MD 20841
We hope to see you for NOA Annual Yenya Punhi Celebration. Everyone is welcome to bring their favorite dish to share with friends and family!
The Executive Committee
Newah Organization of America
Newah Organization of America Language Center (NOALC) is pleased to announce the successful completion of Newah Language Class Open House Program on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Arlington Westover Branch Library, Arlington, Virginia. The Open House began with good crowd of participants including 17 students with their parents. The participant students were Shiva and Utsav Mandhar, Rahul Maharjan, Apurva and Aryan Shrestha, Devan Tuladhar, Mala and Manindra Pradhan, Jwoyal and Lujala Ranjit, Pranav and Prisha Shrestha, Kiran and Sabina Shrestha, Abhi Dhaubhadel, Hridayesha Tamrakar and Kate Shrestha. The parents of attendee were Mr. and Mrs. Suman Manandhar, Mr. and Mrs. Dev Maharjan, Mr. and Mrs. Sushil Lal Shrestha, Mr. Eros Tuladhar, Mr. Mahindra Pradhan, Mr. Rajesh Lal Shrestha, Mr. Madan Shrestha, Mr. Prabin Tamarakar, Mr. Iswor Rajbhadari, Mr. and Mrs. Kiran Shrestha and Mr. Season Shrestha.
The open house began with introduction and importance of Newah language by NOA Secretary Pushkar Prajapati. He also demonstrated the traditional Newah instrument (e.g. Dhimey, Bhusya) and some related video presentations. NOA is dedicated to preserve and promote our native language to keep our cultural heritage alive. As a member of the community, it is our solemn duty and responsibility to preserve our language and culture to the next generation. This open house was focused to aware children and parents to the importance of Mother Language and why we have to preserve it for next generation to come. There were also a book fair relevant to Newah Culture & Heritage.