On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Newa American Dabu (NAD) in Chicago celebrated Nepal Sambat 1139 (New Year) at American Legion Memorial Civic Center in Morton Grove, Illinois.
The event began with Ganesh and Sankhadhar puja performed by Mrs. Shradha Tamrakar. After the puja, the Tika and Sagoon procession was initiated with the playing of Newa musical instruments, Dhime and Vussa. Then, the Master of the Ceremony, Ms. Sushma Shrestha invited Mrs. Ishwori Shrestha to the stage to begin the official program by lighting the Twadewa (oil lamp).
With the official program in order, a one minute moment of silence was observed for the passing away of Late Padma Ratna Tuladhar, a human rights activist from the Newa background. Mr. Uday Maharjan, president of Newa American Dabu, then welcomed all the guests and briefly spoke about the efforts of NAD to preserve the Newa culture in the Chicagoland area.
After the welcome speech, Mr. Uday Maharjan introduced the chief guest, Mr. Shyam Kaji Shrestha and invited Mr. Shrestha & Mrs. Gyanu Shrestha to launch the Eighth edition of Newa American Dabu’s annual magazine “Chicago Newa”. Following the magazine inauguration, Mr. Shrestha was felicitated and presented with an “Appreciation Certificate” by Mr. Maharjan. After the felicitation, Mr. Shrestha gave a heartfelt speech on the heritage of the Newa culture and the importance of unity in community building.
Next, Mr. Keshar Man Tamrakar, the Chicago Newa magazine editor thanked all the contributors and supporters of Chicago Newa VIII. In his brief speech, Mr. Tamrakar pointed out that the Chicago Newa was appreciated by Newa FM 106.6 in Kathmandu, Nepal recently and that it is a great honor for Newa American Dabu The event was graced by the presence of Honorary Consul General of Nepal, Mr. Mr. Marvin A. Brustin.
At the end of the official ceremony, NAD’s executive committee member, Mr. Bibek Shrestha presented the “Vote of Thanks”, expressing gratitude to all the supporters, volunteers, and well-wishers of NAD to make the Nepal Sambat 1139 program a success.
With the end of the official ceremony, the guests enjoyed dinner and were entertained by cultural dances performed by our community kids. In addition to the dances, this year’s cultural program highlighted the addition of gymnastic and ballet performance and poetry reading by our community members. The cultural program also included the “Kids Newa Fashion Show” highlighting kids in traditional Newa attire and decorated with Newa ornaments.
The program concluded with a variety of songs performed by our local artists Mr. Niraj Shrestha and Mr. Nimbus Shrestha.
\Newa American Dabu (NAD) established in 2010, is a Newa organization based in Chicago, IL. NAD is a non-profit, educational, social, and cultural organization of Newa people in Chicago and its supporters and well-wishers in the United States and abroad. The mission of NAD is to conserve and preserve the Newa cultural heritage, tradition, and customs.