Bhutanese Organisation of Australia is set to organize a multicultural festival on November 3, 2012 in Glenroy College, Melbourne on the occasion of Dashain and Tihar, the two great Hindu Festivals. The aim of organizing the festival is to introduce Bhutanese community to the world community of Victoria, to the government agencies, other facilitating agencies and also to promote cultural harmony among various ethnic groups.
According to the organizers, the festival shall involve various government and social service providers of Victoria engaged in community service for the new comers. “It is an initiative by BOA in partnership with Karen-Burmese, Assyrian and Chaldean, Burundian and others from Africa, Italian, Greeks, Kurdish, Indian, Nepalese, Chinese and Vietnamese communities living in Victoria”, reads a promotional flyer of BOA.
By the way of hosting such multicultural event, BOA hopes to make it more meaningful by including some charity events like blood donation through Red Cross, organ donation through DonateLife Victoria and UNHCR charity donation to African refugees.
Incepted in 2009, Bhutanese Organization in Australia is encouraging the Bhutanese new comers to integrate into the mainstream Australian society while maintaining the Bhutanese origin, identity and promoting unity. This is the first ever multicultural event BOA is taking initiative to organize.