In Nepal as in all countries, the New Year is celebrated in many different ways. The Nepalese calendar started by King Bikramditya is based on the solar calendar. Thus, the Nepalese New Year usually falls in mid-April. This year the New Year fell on April 13th.
On New Year’s day, Nepalis visit the Pashupatinath temple to take a bath in the holy Bagmati River. Pilgrims also visit other religious spots and spend the day picknicking. It is a day to seek blessings from the family priest and one’s elders as well. Nepalese people hope that the New Year will bring joy and happiness to their lives.
NAFCA celebrated Nepali New Year 2065 Bikram Sambat on April 13, 2008 at the Davis Veteran’s Center. His Excellency Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise, Ambassador of Nepal to the United States of America, and his wife Dr. Milan Adhikary were both NAFCA’s guest of honor during the Nepali New Year 2065. NAFCA president, Mr. Uddhav Giri, presented Ambassador Chalise with the Certificate of Appreciation. There were many activities and dances representing the diversity of Nepali culture, songs, musical performances, and poetry recitations by our local talented artists and children. There were indoor activities/games followed by a delicious authentic Nepali dinner catered by Kathmandu Kitchen. During the New Year program we also presented various Awards and Certificates to distinguished personalities for their outstanding contribution to the organization and community as well. The New Year’s event ended with prizes for the indoor activities/games winners, and appreciation for all the cultural program participants.
See below for winners of the Best Traditional Costume; a list of the local talented Artists who participated in the Nepali New Year 2065 Cultural Program.
Best Traditional Costume :
Mr. Suroj K.C.
Mr. Lila Mani Dahal
Mr. Tanka Bhattarai
In promoting Nepal’s diverse culture and trying to encourage more people to dress in the traditional dresses, NAFCA’s executive committee has been awarding Best Traditional Costumes to both men and women. While all the people who attended the 2065 New Year Event looked wonderful, especially all the women, we regrettably can’t give an award to every male and female.
Mrs. Sabita Adhikari Basnet
Mrs. Bridget Pandey
Mrs. Punam Bhattarai
Certificate of Appreciation for Event Participation:
The following local talented artists were presented with Certificate of Appreciation for participating in Nepali New Year 2065 Celebration:
|Adhikari, Juli||Dhakal, Sabina||Shrestha, Ashu|
|Adhikari, Khusbu||Gemmel, Bob||Subedi, Aaditya|
|Adhikari, Mili||Gurung, Amul||Tamang, Shanti|
|Adhikari, Pratik||K.C., Suraj||Thapa, Gaurav|
|Adhikari, Prinam||Khadka, Neeha||Thoreson, Nita|
|Adhikari, Surendra||Kumar, Naresh||Tuladhar, Ojesh|
|Bhandari, Mishan||Poudyal, Prashanta|
|Bhattarai, Aman||Poudyal, Shilpa|
|Dahal, Lila Mani||Sharma, Subash|
|Dhakal, Govinda||Shrestha, Ashish|
NAFCA Committee thanks all the Donors and Volunteers who made the New Year 2065 Event a success.
MC and DJ Music: Sanjay Dev
Stage MC: Basu Dhakal
Registrations and Door Person: Chris Brady, Mahendra Bhandari, Pavitra Raj Khatri, Ganesh Thapa
Photography: Deependra Dhakal, Guru Raj Shrestha, Gajendra Adhikari, Rose Shrestha
Indoor Activities Organizer: Binayak Sharma