>>Press Release: Sunday, May 25, 2014>
On Saturday, May 24, 2014, the Newah Organization of America (NOA) held its successful and festive 13th Annual Convention and General Meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland. The convention theme was “Diversity Among the Newars.” With more than 200 attendees, the program was enjoyed by a cross-section of the Newah and Nepalese community from the Washington, DC metropolitan area as well as guests from several states, Canada, and Nepal.
The program started with a warm welcome by Dhimay Baja and the Pancha Kanyas: Miss Bibhusa Pikha Miss Mala Pradhan, Miss Lujala Ranjit, Miss Kate Shrestha, and Miss Prisha Shrestha. NOA General Secretary Mrs. Babita Shrestha and NOA Member-At-Large Mr. Pushkar Prajapati served as Emcees and called the meeting to order. Chief Guests Dr. Juhee Gubhani of Edmonton, Canada and the Embassy of Nepal's Charge d' Affaires a.i. Mr. Rishi Ram Ghimire inaugurated the 13th convention by lighting the traditional oil lamp, Twadewa, assisted by Mrs. Meena Pradhan and Mrs. Chitra Shrestha. Mrs. Chhaya Pradhan and Mrs. Sunita Shrestha presented badges and Khatas to the Chief Guests and the special guests.
NOA President Mr. Season Shrestha delivered his last presidential address, welcoming all guests and organization representatives, thanking attendees for their continued support, and expressing gratitude to the Chief Guests and Special Guests for travelling to join the 13th Annual Convention. He briefly introduced the great scholars on the day's program and took a few moments to appreciate the contributions of the outgoing Executive Committee, their families, the Election Commission, and other key advisors and volunteers for their amazing work for the Newah community.
Dear NOA friends and community members,
We are pleased to announce that the Newah Organization of America (NOA) is organizing Group Kayeta Puja (Bratabandha) Ceremony in Washington, DC Metropolitan area on Saturday July 12, 2014 from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. The traditional Kayeta Puja rituals will be performed by renowned Newah priest Mr. Basav Rajopadhyay.
Dear NOA friends, families, and well wishers,
Jwojalapa! We hope you are making plans to attend the Newah Organization of America's 13th Annual Convention and General Meeting this Saturday May 24, 2014 in Silver Spring, MD!
Come join us over the Memorial Day holiday weekend for our traditional gathering of NOA members, friends, families, and supporters. See old friends, make new ones, and connect with your Newah community. Meet the Honorable Mr. Rishi Ram Ghimire. Learn from informative presentations and find out about NOA activities. Enjoy delicious samee bajee and a traditional dinner. Relax while enjoying a cultural program with fabulous songs, dancing, and more. And celebrate with the outgoing Executive Committee while welcoming our new team!
Venue: Eastern Middle School, 300 East University Blvd., Silver Spring, Maryland 20901
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM–9:30 PM
Theme: Diversity Among the Newars
Tickets: $30 at door; $25 in advance online at www.newah.org
We will have invited presentations on this year's NOA convention theme, "Diversity Among the Newars" and are pleased to welcome our speakers:
• Chief guest, keynote speaker, and prominent Newah scholar, writer, and activist from Edmonton, Canada, Dr. Juhee Gubhani
• Special guest speaker, well-known writer, poet, and composer, Newah activist, and founding member of Jagat Sunder Bwonekuthi from Kathmandu, Nepal, Mr. Raj Bhai Jakami
• Special guest speaker, Newah scholar, and Assistant Professor of Hindu Religion at the University of Illinois, Dr. Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz
• Guest speaker, Newah priest, spiritual and religious expert, and Newah scholar from Baltimore, MD, Mr. Basav Rajopadyay
• Guest presenter, poet, writer, and researcher from Sankhu, Nepal, Mr. Prabin Raj Shrestha