Press Release – Nepal Sambat 1137 and NPPA’s 25th Anniversary Celebration!
November 6, 2016
Nepa Pasa Pucha Amerikaye (NPPA) celebrated Nepal Sambat 1137 and NPPA’s 25th anniversary on Friday, November 4, 2016 & Saturday, November 5, 2016, amidst various spectacular events at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, MD. It has been a quarter of a century, since the first Newah organization NPPA was established in the Americas. Indisputably, NPPA has played the lead role as a pioneer in preservation of Newah culture in the United States ever since.
Legendary MaHa Jodi made a special trip from Nepal to participate in NPPA’s silver jubilee celebration. The overwhelming support of the community members from all walks of lives is the main source of NPPA’s strength. Words cannot express our sincere gratitude to all of them.
On the first day of Nepal Sambat 1137 and NPPA’s 25th anniversary celebration, Friday, November 4, 2016, Mha Pooja was observed which was participated by over 300 community members. Traditional Newah Jhwa bhwaye was served after Mha Pooja.
A lively cultural program was presented in the evening starring local singers, traditional dances, and other artists. Nepal Education and Cultural Center (NECC) also participated with Bhailo Team as a part of their effort to raise funds to construct a Nepali temple. During this event, community members donated over four thousand dollars to NECC.
The second day of Nepal Sambat 1137 and NPPA’s 25th anniversary celebration, Saturday, November 5, 2016, commenced with “GANESH POOJA”, followed by an authentic Newah “SAMAY BAJI”. After “SAMAY BAJI”, the traditional Newah Procession of over 300 patrons, life members, and community members entered the auditorium chanting Nepal Sambat as National Sambat and concluded at the stage. The main features of the procession was Lakhe, Dhime, other Newah musical instruments, and participants in traditional attire.
The master of ceremony were Miss Manjima Maharjan and Miss Kerisha Singh for the inauguration, who welcomed the guests and community members to the celebration and requested the chief guests Honorable Sushil Shrestha and H.E. Dr. Arjun Kumar Karki of Embassy of Nepal to inaugurate the event by lighting the traditional “TWADEWA” (oil lamp stand).
Miss Sahara Joshee performed the U.S. National anthem. Mr. Prabin Tamrakar, accompanied by Miss Hridayesha Tamrakar in keyboard, performed the Nepalese National anthem.
President of NPPA Mrs. Saroj Prajapati presided over the opening ceremony. She welcomed the community members and highlighted the significance of Nepal Sambat 1137 and NPPA’s 25th anniversary. She summarized the important activities and participations of NPPA in community development programs during the year 2015/2016. Since its inception, NPPA has undertaken many projects in promoting and preserving the Newah culture and values in the US and Nepal.
H.E. Dr. Karki of Embassy of Nepal praised NPPA for its continued efforts in promoting and preserving Nepali and Newah culture and values. Honorable Sushil Shrestha (Chairman of the Social and Human Rights Parliamentary Committee), Honorable Bir Baharu Balayar, Honorable Ananta Poudel, NPPA Founder President Mr. Ram Malakar, Mr. Madan Krishna Shrestha, Mr. Hari Bansha Acharya, Consul General Mr. Prem Raja Mahat, WNO President Mr. Season Shrestha, and Chair of UN Youth Assembly Ms. Jolly Amatya highlighted the importance of preserving our culture outside of Nepal and praised NPPA for its dedication.
Marking NPPA’s 25th anniversary celebration, its popular annual souvenir magazine “DABOO” was uncovered. Popular poet Janakavi Mr. Durga Lal Shrestha had handed over his original hand-written poem collection, titled Hastakshar (signature) to NPPA. With his consent the collection of poems was reproduced in the form of a booklet, which was unveiled during the ceremony. NPPA also unveiled the first ever Calendar with 25 years of memorabilia on that same day designed by Mr. Nilesh Maharjan.
The keynote speaker Mr. Jeet Joshee, Associate Vice President and Dean of California State University delivered his keynote speech highlighting the story of how the hard work can turn into a great success in this country, regardless of which part of the world you come from.
The invited heads of organizations included President of Newah Organization of America (NOA) Mr. Ram Lal Shrestha, President of America-Nepal Society (ANS) Jiwan Tiwari, President of Nepal Education & Cultural Center Mr. Khilendra Neupane, President of ANWA Mrs. Vijaya Shah, CEO of Sagarmatha Television/NRN Media coordinator of North America Mr. Ram C. Kharel, representative of eNepalese.com Mr. Bijay Thapa, representative of DC Nepal Mr. Khem Bhattachan, Mr. Govind Giri Prerana of Vishwaparikrama, and representative of America-Nepal Television Mr. Bal Singh were present in the opening ceremony.
Vice President of NPPA Mr. Raju Joshee concluded the inauguration ceremony by expressing sincere thanks and gratitude to all of the community members, the sponsors, and dedicated members who made the celebration a great success.
Over 1,300 community members participated in the two-day long Nepal Sambat 1137 and NPPA’s 25th anniversary celebration. Newah buffet dinner was served after the inauguration ceremony. NPPA volunteers served the sitting guests with a variety of typical Newah dishes. The Newah “SAMAY BAJI” and “BHWAYE” was catered by Mr. Bijaya Shrestha and Mr. Lok Tiwari.
After the dinner, community members were entertained with a unique, lively, and exciting cultural program featuring legendary MaHa Jodi (Mr. Madan Krishna Shrestha and Mr. Hari Bansha Acharya) and various other performances by renowned and local artists. The cultural program started with the documentary highlighting 25 years of NPPA’s history. It was followed by a Buddha bhajan by Nepal Paramparagat Buddha Dharma Sangha. A vibrant and ethnic Pancha Kumari dance was performed by Miss Lochani Tara Shakya, Miss Adita Shrestha, Miss Himalaya Shrestha, Miss Shilu Maharjan, and Miss Lujala Ranjit. A unique Newah Dhime dance was performed by Mrs. Magan Shrestha, Mrs. Shanti Shrestha, Mrs. Mahima Shakya, Ms. Promita Prajapati, Mrs. Kristi Prajapati, Mrs. Ramita Maharjan, Mrs. Deepa Tamrakar, Mrs. Reshmi Tamrakar, Mrs. Laxmi Ranjit, and Ms. Sunita Amatya. An entertaining Himalayan dance was performed by Ms. Aakriti Khanal. A mixed dance representing various ethnic communities was performed by Miss Lochani Tara Shakya, Miss Sujata Tamrakar, Miss Hridayesha Tamrakar, and Miss Jeena Shrestha.
The cultural program also featured well known singers Mr. Srijan Tamrakar, Mrs. Sarishma Amatya, Mr. Ratan Subedi, Mrs. Sarana Shrestha, Mr. Ram Shrestha and up-and-coming artist Mr. Ashish Bhadel entertained the crowd. Mr. Ganga Bahadur Malakar performed an instrumental number in Hawaiian guitar.
This year’s NPPA Outstanding Award was presented to Mr. Swayambhu Maharjan for his continued dedication, commitment, and services to NPPA and Nepali community. New NPPA patron and life member certificates were also presented. Appreciation certificates were presented.
Ms. Richa Ghimire and Ms. Kritishma Shrestha skillfully and successfully moderated the lively cultural program. The program concluded with the drawing of raffle prizes, coordinated by Mr. Krishna Prajapati.
Mr. Yagya Man Shakya skillfully choreographed several dances and prepared various props for the dances. The stage was masterfully decorated by Mr. Baikuntha Shrestha of Namlo Event Management.
NPPA appreciates the continued support from eNepalese, DC Nepal, America-Nepal Television, Sagarmatha Television, and other media community members.
The entire event was made possible by the selfless commitment, dedication, and hard work of all the volunteers in all fronts. Volunteers are the life-line of each and every NPPA activities. NPPA sincerely thanks all the volunteers for their unconditional support and hard work for making the 25th anniversary a historic event with record breaking participation by 1,300 community members in the span of two-days.
Last, but not the least, NPPA appreciates the tremendous support received from the business community and individuals during this event. The sponsors are: