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Dashain Celebration 2007

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Nepalis and Friends Cultural Association (NAFCA) celebrated Dashain on October 28, 2007 at the Davis Veterans Center. This was the most highly attended celebration in NAFCA’s history with over 300 attendees. Everyone enjoyed a large and diverse cultural program, with many dances representing the diverse culture of Nepal, songs, musicians, and poems by our local talented artists; the traditional Nepali dinner was catered by Kathmandu Kitchen; raffle prizes and awards were given for activities; as well as special recognition certificates.

This year NAFCA Secretary, Ajay Dev, gave a presentation to the audience about the nine year history of NAFCA, paying special tribute to NAFCA’s honorable members, Mr. Janaki Pradhan and Mrs. Bidya Pradhan, as well as NAFCA’s patron member, the late Dr. Pran Vohra. Mr. Dev also read from a letter written by the Honorable Janaki Pradhan on August 26, 1998, in which Mr. Pradhan congratulates the hardwork of all those who worked on the preparation of the constitution of the Association.

Dashain is one of the most important festival in Nepal (which lasts for 15 days). Here we gather for one afternoon and evening to celebrate Dashain. Families and friends gather to share in the celebration of the holiday and participate in traditional games, dance, music, and eat traditional food. The purpose of this celebration is to renew relations amongst the community as well as between the community and other friends of Nepal, and maintain cultural heritage.

See below for the Best Traditional Costume winners; a list of the local talented Artists who participated in the Dashain Cultural Program; winners of the indoor Activity games, and a list of people who Volunteered their valuable time to make this event successful.


Best Traditional Costume :

Male (left to right):

Mr. Sushil Khadka
Mr. Surendra Adhikari
Mr. Anup Srivastav

Female (left to right):

Mrs. Nita Thoreson
Mrs. Sushmita Chapagain
Mrs. Pratima Dahal

In promoting Nepal’s diverse culture and encouraging people to dress in the traditional dresses of Nepal, NAFCA awards Best Traditional Costumes/Dress at its events. While all the people who attended the 2007 Dashain Event looked gorgeous, we are unfortunately not able to given an award to every male and female.


Certificate of Appreciation for Event Participation:

40 Talented Local Artists

The following local talented artists were presented with a Gold Trophy and Certificate of Appreciation for Participating in Dashain 2007 Celebration:

Aaditya Subedi Lila Mani Dahal Renuka Timsina
Akriti Maharjan Mili Adhikari Sabina Dhakal
Amul Gurung Mishan Bhandari Sandeep Baniya
Apar Karki Naresh Shrestha Sanghamitra Bajracharya
Ashish Shrestha Nehaa Khadka Shanti Tamang
Ashu Shrestha Niharika Niraula Shilpa Poudyal
Basu Dhakal Nita Thoreson Shraddha Thapa
Beverly Taylor Ojesh Tuladhar Subash Sharma
Dinesh Deo Prajwal Bajracharya Sudeep Baniya
Dhruba Thapa Prashanta Poudyal Suman Dahal
Gaurab Thapa Pratik Adhikari Suraj K.C.
Gunjan Thapa Prinam Adhikari Sushmita Chapagain
Juli Adhikari Purna Baniya Swoven Pokhrel
Khusbu Adhikari    

Activities:

The following are the winners of the 2007 Dashain Activities:

Game
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Musical Chairs
Boys Age 5-10 Aaditya Tuladhar Shikkar Pandey Gunjan Thapa
Boys Age 11-19
Prashanta Poudyal
Pratik Adhikari
Anup Dahal
Men Age 20+
Surendra Adhikari
Chris Brady
Kumar Sah
Girls Age 5-10
Shreeya Joshee
Samisksha Pokhrel
Shrabya Joshee
Girls Age 11-19
Neeha Khadka
Prinam Adhikari
Neha Shah
Womens 20+
Yamuna Dangol
Muna Adhikari
Rekha Tamang

NAFCA Committee thanks all the Donors and Volunteers who made the Dashain 2007 Event a success.

Volunteers:

Cultural Program Coordinators: Shanti Tamang, Prajwal Bajracharya
DJ Music: Sanjay Dev, Rose Shrestha
Stage MC: Basu Dhakal, Peggy Dev
Raffle Tickets: Guru Shrestha, Sanghamitra Bajracharya
Photography: Deependra Dhakal, Rose Shrestha
Volunteers: Bimal Chettri, Binayak Sharma, Damodar Gyanwali, Durga Dahal, George Busch, Ishwori Adhikari, Khagendra Dhungana, Pramod Pandit, Shyam Maharjan, Tanka Bhattarai, Tasha Dev, Uddhav Giri