Many celebrate Dashain as last festival


Damak, September 28: With a number of huts without having joyous moments during Dashain due to several reasons, same number of ramshackle huts accepted this year’s ‘teeka’ as the last festival before getting relocated in a third country.

There is no meaning to celebrate Dashain when whole the camp population is mourning Khadka’s death, said Prem Doha of Beldangi-II camp citing the broad-day slaying of former camp secretary K.B.Khadka three weeks ago.

A couple in Beldangi-II in Sector A/1 receiving teeka from their uncle. Photo/Vidhyapati Mishra
A couple in Beldangi-II in Sector A/1 receiving teeka from their uncle. Photo/Vidhyapati Mishra

Like Dahal, the writer encountered dozens of exiled youths expressing similar opinions.

However, many youths expressed that they wanted to celebrate the last Dashain before their resettlement.

“I am getting resettled in Australia by the next Dashain,” expressed Bhim Chhetri of Khudunabari camp, who is processing to resettlement in Australia.

For Lok Bahadur Mahara, who blogs, this year’s Dashain has rendered lesser joy as compared with those celebrated earlier.

“It is good that several are getting financially sound since they friends and relative relocated aboard are sending some money,” Mahara said adding, “Separation of family is a big deal to observe festival like Dashain.”

The teeka started at 10:00 am with juniors getting blessings from the seniors and parents.

Kids were much excited to witness the scene, while youths and elderly took tike ceremony as a compulsion.

Youths and some social organizations organized community-based programs to mark Dashain.

“This type of program is to encourage people in camp towards social contribution,” said Indra Timsina, coordinator of Refugee Children Forum, who was present in a group tika offering program in Beldangi-I camp.

The Community Child Care Center at Beldangi-I camp, funded by the UNHCR and managed by Bhutanese Refugee Women Forum, offered teeka and blessings to four vulnerable children who are under care of the center.

Camp-based Armed Police Force (APF) has increased patrolling in and around the camps to provide security to camp residents.

We have regular surveillance and patrolling, both during day and night, Gunjaraj Banya of Beldangi-I camp-based APF told Bhutan News Service.

“We don’t allow any visitors enter into camp after 7:00 p.m.,” said Baniya.

Unlike in past years, just a few buses were seen carrying the Bhutanese from Beldangi camps to other camps.

By Vidhyapati Mishra, Belangi-II
(With inputs from camp-based reporters in othe camps)