Nepal Sambat 1134 Celebration
Dear Friends and community members, jwojalapa!
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
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 1134, 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, and 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.
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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.
Dear NOA friends and community members,
We deeply regret the loss of one of our own very important NOA Life Members, who touched many lives and contributed so much to the community during her tragically short life. We will miss her dearly.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Maharjan family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Sunil Maharjan and his loved ones at this difficult time.
The Executive Committee