शुक्रबार, साउन १५ २०७८
काठमाडौं १३:५०
वासिङटन डिसी 04:05

Eighth IHI Ceremony Announcement

इनेप्लिज २०७२ पुष ६ गते ०:२९ मा प्रकाशित
Dear Community Members, Jwajalapa – Namaskar,
Nepa Pasa Pucha Amerikaye (NPPA) is pleased to announce that the eight IHI ceremony will be performed on Saturday, April 16, 2016 (चौलाथ्व दशमी, ११३६ – बैशाख ४, २०७३). The IHI rituals will be conducted by renowned Newah Priest Mr. Basav Rajopadhyay. The venue will be announced soon.
 IHI is the most inevitable and ritual ceremony in Newah Society to retreat Newah girls at the age of 5-11 years. IHI stands for a certain time and age. NPPA is delighted to reiterate that parents of five non-Newah girls participated in last year’s IHI ceremony and NPPA would like to renew the gratitude to them. NPPA always welcomes such diversity. 
One of NPPA’s goals is to preserve Newah culture. In order to achieve this goal, NPPA requests continued support from the community members like you. NPPA appreciates and would like to thank you again for your participation in the earlier IHI ceremonies to make them great success. We request all of you to spread the word among fellow community members about the upcoming IHI ceremony. It is our culture and we all must strive to preserve it.
According to the religious and astrological belief, IHI is an act of giving a virgin in marriage, but it is not a physical wedding. The main objects at this ceremony – provided separately to each girl – are the Bya (Bel in Nepali, binomial name – Aegle marmelos) which is the fruit of Bya plant and a golden image (or flat piece of gold with an image engraved on it or golden object). The Bya fruit represents Lord Shiva and the golden image represents Lord Vishnu/Narayana, also known as Subarna Kumar. At the exact astrological time, called out by a priest, the father hands-over his daughter to the god as manifested by pressing her thumb against the golden image. The image is held against the Bya, representing Lord Shiva as the witness to the marriage. This occasion, therefore, is popularly known as IHI (misinterpreted as Bel-Bibah).


 The principle behind this traditional practice is that a married lady should not be considered “widow” even after her husband’s demise, because she was married to Lord Subarna Kumar at her pre-pubescent age. It is performed to prevent widowhood of Newah women. Thus, IHI ritual is the most important ongoing ritual prevalent in Newah culture.
 NPPA is honored and proud that IHI ceremony has attracted significant number of non-Newah participants of Nepali origin in the past and will continue to welcome such participation in the future with open heart.
 Parents with eligible daughter(s), who are interested to participate in this traditional ceremony, please contact any of the following NPPA Executive Committee members for registration.
        Mrs. Shanti Shrestha                                                 Mr. Manohar Shrestha
        NPPA IHI Coordinator                             O               NPPA General Secretary
        301-385-2761                                            R                  703-599-0469
        [email protected]                                       [email protected]
 NPPA will arrange all the necessary logistics, which includes complete Pooja materials, Shirbindi and Tikha Maa (ornament) rental, Moo Dakshina to the Priest, video and photos in CD to each participant, food for 6 guests, and venue rental.
Subhay, Dhanyabad,
NPPA Executive Committee
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 Nepa Pasa Pucha Amerikaye (NPPA), established in 1991, is a Newah organization based in the metropolitan Washington, DC.  The Nepa Pasa Pucha Corporation is a registered legal name of NPPA which is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization under the IRC Section 501(c)(3). Its primary mission is the preservation and promotion of Newah cultural heritage