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The Bhutanese in the US celebrate Dashain (Diaspora)

Published on Oct 12 2008 // Main News

New York, October 12: The exiled Bhutanese who have been resettled in Tucson Arizona celebrated Dashain, the biggest and the most important festival of the Hindus.

A little more than hundred Bhutanese friends from Phoenix joined the celebration. The program was organized in El Rio Neighborhood.

The program started with swasti bachan and mangalacharan followed by snacks, sel roti and singara.

Typical Nepali khana was served for a crowd of more than 400 people, as Nepalese in the area also joined the function. The program continued with songs and dances reminding rich and varied culture of ethnic Nepalis.

Similarly, Bhutanese resettled in Jacksonville, Florida celebrated the festival with merrymaking.

The program started with typical Dashain music Around seventy Bhutanese gathered for the ceremony including children. They exchanged the greetings and shared experiences of a long journey on air from Nepal and United State.

Manoj Rai, Shiv Adhikari and Om Mishra spoke about challenges on protecting culture, tradition, job, safety and security for new comers and urged the new generation to preserve the Bhutanese Lhotshampa (Nepali) identity.

Those gathered at the celebration decided to form the Bhutanese community group in the state. An ad hoc committee was declared which included Manoj Rai, Om Mishra, Bhagat Pokhrel, Ghanapati Rizal, Tulashi Bhattarai, Hari Koirala and Govin Gurung. Bhutan News Service

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