Bhutanese Community of Connecticut (BCC) kicked off its cultural program on the occasion of Nepali New Year 2071 at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford, CT on Saturday.
The program started with Bhutanese and American National anthem sung by Padam Bharati and team.
The program featured various cultural group dances, solo dances, solo songs, poem recitation, and short speeches from the chief guests and other community partners.
One of the community members, N B Basnet, came up with Bhutanese costume (Bakhu) and read out the paper highlighting about the history of Bhutanese political problem, life in the refugee camps, refugee resettlement program, and the formation of the community based organization. He also focused on the importance of BCC as a community organization.
Similarly, Judy Gough, Director of Catholic Charities and migration Services mentioned that Bhutanese refugees have brought unique culture and tradition to the city of Hartford and mentioned that she would extend her hands towards assisting them with the necessary services to acculturate and integrate them into the transitional phase.
She announced that the deadline to submit declaration of interest form to UNHCR for third country resettlement program is approaching and wanted relatives, friends and families of the Bhutanese community to encourage them to fill the forms as soon as possible before the deadline.
Ghanashyam Khadka, Chairman of Nepalese Association of Hartford, CT thanked the organizing committee for making the event successful and stressed the importance of maintaining the close relationship between the two communities that carry the same language, culture and traditions.
Rup Bharati, Chairman of Bhutanese community of Connecticut, facilitated the entire program. Talking to Bhutan News Service, Bharati said, “We are garnering additional support that helps us to be incorporated into non-profit.”
Over 300 community members along with number of American guests representing Hartford public schools, social service agencies, faith-based organizations, Hartford public library attended the program.
The program was chaired by OBCA North East Regional Vice-President and BCC advisor Padam Bharati.