Dashain knocks door of resettled refugees

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Sept 20: Resettled Bhutanese refugees in different parts of United States of America have decided to mark great Hindu festival Dashain, which began from Saturday, on their tradition styles.

At a time when almost 17,600 refugees have been resettled in USA, preparations for the celebration of Dashain festival are underway in different states.

Resettled Bhutanese in Dallas city of Texas are celebrating the festival by organising get together program on Sunday, which is expected to be attended by an estimated eighty families in a hall. According to L.B. Subba, a member of the Bhutanese Community in Dallas (BCD), also the organiser of the function, they will perform Durga Puja and a special and organised cultural show will rock the hall.

Similar to that of Texas, under the initiative of Bhutanese Mutual Assistance Association of Tucson (BMAAT), refugees in Tucson city of Arizona State are celebrating the festival on the same day where an estimated four hundred people are having get together program in a hall. BMAAT has expected to attract even Mayor, representatives from the resettlement agencies, police and community people towards their program. DB Adhikari, the chief of BMAAT informed BNS that depending on the status of the person, at least 15 US dollar is being charged for each family for the celebration.

Despite busy schedules here, Bhutanese community in Kentucky is celebrating the festival by organizing three days Durga Puja and teeka offering function from September 26-28 in an open ground in Louisville where bhajan and kirtan along with various cultural performances will be conducted.

Participants of the get together program organised by California-based Bhutanese Community Support Organisation in America (BASCO). The program, attended by estimatated 400 refugees, was organised today in Washington park in Alemada. The get together was aimed at exchanging wishes among refugees where BASCO had managed all expenses for the program. Typical Nepali food stuffs was served during the program. Photo/TN
Participants of the get together program organised by California-based Bhutanese Community Support Organisation in America (BASCO). The program, attended by estimated 400 refugees, was organised today in Washington park in Alemada. The get together was aimed at exchanging wishes among refugees where BASCO had managed all expenses for the program. Typical Nepali food stuffs was served during the program. Photo/TN

People in Chicago city of Illinois State are also preparing for the get together program on Saturday in a hall followed by teeka offering program in a park on the next day. BNS source in Illinois said the community will also declare the formation of Chicago Bhutanese Community for the betterment of Bhutanese in the area. Mahendra Kafle informed BNS that there will be cultural program and thanks giving to resettlement agencies and the supporters in the city.

Gopal Samal informed BNS that Bhutanese Community of Georgia is also preparing for celebrating the festival by having get together on Saturday, which will be participated by estimated 3000 refugees resettled in Atlanta city.

In Seattle city of Washington, as per Som Acharya, they are planning to celebrate the festival in a hall by conducting Durga puja and cultural program where dances and songs giving the insignia of Nepali culture and tradition will be performed on Saturday. A committee has been formed there for the management of the function.

Hari Khanal from Massachusetts said that due to the small figure of population in this State, they will celebrate in a simple and common style by receiving blessings and teeka from the elder ones.

Dhaka Ram Timsina from Michigan informed BNS that they are preparing for the celebration in a hall where they will be having blessings and teeka offered by the elders. He further informed maximum people in the State have decided to manage the half-day holiday for the celebration of the festival.

In some of the States, people are also planning to celebrate the festival by visiting the nearby Hindu temples to receive the teeka.

Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival celebrated by a vast majority of Nepali-ethnic community around the world. The goddess Durga in all her manifestations are worshiped with innumerable pujas, abundant offerings and thousands of animal sacrifices for the ritual holy bathing. Dashain commemorates a great victory of the gods over the wicked demons.

By Tri Bikram Adhikari/BNS
Kentucky, USA

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  1. Thanks Tri Bikram bhai for his efforts in collecting news of celebration throughout almost all the states of America.It is an awesome presentation. Keep it up and hope to see more of these stuffs in the days to come.HAPPY VIJAYA DASHAMI AND DEEPAWALI to all readers and viewers.
    Thanks

  2. Posted on 26 September 2009

    Sept 26: Resettled Bhutanese refugees in different parts of United States of America have decided to celeberate great Hindu festival Dashain on our traditional style.We almost 17,000 refugees have been resettled in USA are doing preparations for the celebration of Dashain festival in different states.

    Resettled Bhutanese Texas are celebrating the festival by organising get together program on Sunday,expected the estimated eighty families in a hall are participating it. In other states also the member of the Bhutanese Community are organising the function in same way.They will perform Durga Puja and also organised cultural show which specialised the importence in the hall.

    Similarly refugees in Tucson city of Arizona State are also celebrating the festival on the same day,in estimated of four hundred people are having get together there.

    Being busy in the work also Bhutanese community in Kentucky is celebrating the festival by organizing three days Durga Puja and Teeka offering function from September 26-28,2009 in Louisville along with various cultural performances being conducting.

    Similarly in Chicago, North Dakota, Utah, Georgia and in other states people are organising the Puja and Teeka to receive blessing in a different different styles. Here in New York City of New York State we are celebrating like how we used to celebrate in Nepal i.e. in traditional style.

    Lastly I request Bidya Pati Mishra Bhai to disseminate this message to all our Bhutanese Community in all the camps to celebrate our most important festival peacefully without creating disorder in the Camp like celebrating here in USA. Also Share A HAPPY VIJAYA DASHAMI AND A UPCOMING DEEPAWALI WISHES TO ALL READERS, VIEWERS AND ALL DEVOTEES OF OUR CULTURE OF THE CAMPS.

    Prabhu Chimoriya
    636 East 231st Street #3B
    Bronx, New York,USA

  3. Happy Dashain to all Bhutanese who are in USA as well as in camp .OH I want to give thanks Tri Bikram Adhikari for collecting the aeticle .It is good , but it will be better if you have collect the more photo and video of bhutanese celebrating the dashain . HAPPY DASHAIN AND TIHAR TO ALL ….

  4. The Bhutanese Community in Buffalo NY also celebrated today. The day included blessings, poetry, a part of the ceremony honored the elders present, and of course, lots of dancing. Members of resettlement agencies were also invited to share in the celebration and were happy to attend. THe community here is very intent on continuing traditions and sharing them with others!