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Bhutanese Buddhists in Charlotte observe Losar

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The Bhutanese Buddhists Community of North Carolina (BBCNC) observed Losar, one of their biggest festivals here in Charlotte with a slogan ‘preserve culture and save our existence’ amidst a special function today.

According to Pradeep Gurung, Chairman of BBCNC, five Buddhist monk conducted prayers wishing well-being, happiness and prosperity of all human beings. The monks also played ‘ghaling’, a typical Buddhist instrument. The participants of the event also received ‘wang’ (blessings) from the monks.

Sunday’s celebration also included traditional and other typical dances of Buddhists followers, solo songs, Gurung dance, Tamang dance, Newari dance among other entertaining performances.

Attendees receive wang from monks. Photo/Silvia Ganzo.
Attendees receive ‘wang’ (blessing) from monks. Photo Courtesy/Silvia Ganzo.

Meantime, BBCNC in close coordination with the American Red Cross also organized a blood donation camp where a little over two dozen individuals have donated their blood. Gurung further informed BNS that a local First Care Medical Clinic also had a camp set up to do free basic health check-ups for the participants of the program. According to the organizer, dozens benefitted from the free check up.

Gurung further informed BNS that the program was organized with an aim of promoting and conserving Buddhists and Nepali-Bhutanese culture and tradition. Besides cultural shows, BBCNC also served the participants of the program with typical Buddhists food ‘khabje’. According to Gurung, they also distributed awards and certificates to winners of a sports day event that was organized in September 2014.

According to Gurung, First Care Medical Clinic, AmeriSouth Mortgage Company, Docs Pharmacy, Bethel Home Care Inc, Central Market, Rohan Grocery, Durga AllState and Gracie Real State sponsored the event.

“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the sponsors of the program,’ said Gurung, adding—“I also would like to thank the volunteers and all community members who made today’s program a grand success.”

The organizers had managed a free transportation rides to needy community members. According to them, an estimated 1,000 people attended the program.

 

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