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Organized by Nepalese Association in Southeast America (NASeA) and her Partners

Booth Allocation & Information

Enjoy booths showing heritage, culture, tradition, food, values, pride of Nepal, and more…
Please click on booth image or scroll down for more information

Nepali Ethnic Food Refugee and Immigration Assistance Vedic Temple Riya Travel & Tours Nepali Handicraft Nepali Festivals (Dashain/Teez) Pride Of Nepal Newari Heritage Hair Braiding Face Painting Nepal Tourism/Documentary Nepali Sports

 

Pride of Nepal


Lord Buddha
Lord BuddhaThe Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini located in the Terai plains of southern Nepal, testified by the inscription on the pillar erected by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka in 249 BC. Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world’s great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from as early as the 3rd century BC.

Source: © UNESCO http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/666/

Mount Everest

Mount EverestIncluding the highest point on the Earth’s Surface, Mount Sagarmatha (Everest; 8,848 m) and an elevation range of 6,000 m Sagarmatha National Park (SNP) covers an area of 124,400 hectares in the Solu-Khumbu district of Nepal.

AC Sherpa who completed seven summits in 42 days setting world record will be present in the booth. He is a motivational speaker who talks about Global Warming, Mountaineering, Seven Summits.

Source: © UNESCO http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/120

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Nepali Handicraft


5 Continent Boutique in Bulkhead-Atlanta is a fair trade cooperative of artists from all over the world and locally. The booth at the Nepali festival will feature hand woven Nepali scarves from ‘Maheela’, Cotton bags and accessories from WSDO- Pokhara, Mithila Arts and Crafts from JWDC-Janakpur, and many many more arts and crafts from all around the world.

Contact for more information
Sushma Budhakoti
sunavworld@gmail.com | 570-290-0497
www.sunavworld.com

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Nepal Tourism


Tourism booth provides information about Nepal’s Tourism. Nepal is popular destination for adventure. There are many options for tourists such as trekking tours, white water river rafting, wildlife safari park, bird watching, city tours, world’s best mountain flight, mountain climbing, mountain biking, paragliding and many more. The booth will provide mountain posters, CD/DVD about Nepal’s tourism, flyers about tourism in Nepal. There will be video presentation and travel professionals who will be able to provide any questions you may have.

Contact for more information
Tara Pun
tarapun111@gmail.com | 404-805-4243

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Nepal Documentary


KumariNepal Documentary booth will show documentary video on Nepal and its culture. Music, Art, Food, Language, Attire, life style, ritual, crafting, painting, and religious tradition would be the primary focus of this booth.

There will be also videos on Natural beauty, and various historic places of Nepal.

Contact for more information
Shailendra Bajracharya
shailendra@hotmail.com

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Refugee and Immigration Assistance


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides opportunities for refugees and immigrants to thrive in America. The IRC in Atlanta is an accredited agency with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and provides high quality, low cost immigration assistance. We specialize in assisting eligible individuals and families with the processes for legal permanent residency, citizenship, and family reunification.

Contact for more information
Amber Mull
404-292-7731
2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30345
Rescue.org/Atlanta

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Riya Travel & Tours


Riya Travel & Tours is a retailer with secured wholesale contracts for most airlines represented in USA and offers a wide range of professional and personalized services such as airline ticketing & reservations, hotel reservations, customized and ready-made holiday & tour packages, cruises, coach & train travel arrangements, airport transfers and other travel related areas. Our focus goal is to pursue innovation while adapting to changes through constant improvement of services, based on a proactive approach to meet the requirements of our valued customers.

Riya expanded its operations by establishing its first North American location in Dallas, TX in 2009. and ever since has grown the USA operations to; Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Houston and Atlanta. We are influenced by the stunning response from the people of United States that makes us able to serve Canadian people with our First office at Winnipeg in Canada. We take pride in the warm and friendly service extended to our customers and the excellent relationship built-up with all airlines and vendors represented in USA. Whilst the atmosphere is homely and relaxed, our motto is “Service with a Smile”.

Contact for more information
Philipose Thomas | Sales Officer
Cell: 770-605-2495 | Tel: 877-699-RIYA (7492) | Ext: 2080
739 Dekalb Industrial Way, Suite # 2130, Decatur, GA 30033
www.riya.travel

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Vedic Temple


Vedic Temple Booth will provide vedic books and materials including but not limited to GITA, VEDAS, Satyarth Prakash, Bajan CDs, and lots of other books. Also Dr. Deen B Chandora, who most recently authored the book called “Vedic Satsang – Billion Year of Philosophic, social-Religious and cultural-Anthopologic Aspect of Ancient Vedic Culture” will also be available for book signing from 1:30 pm till 3:30 pm.

Contact for more information
Kulvir Singh
singhkx@gmail.com | 404-384-2114

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The International Medicine Club at GA Campus-PCOM


Although Nepal has made great improvements in the past 20 years, there are still many serious problems within the healthcare sector. Disease prevalence is higher in Nepal than it is in other South Asian countries, especially in rural areas. Leading diseases and illnesses include diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders, goiter, intestinal parasites, leprosy, and tuberculosis, visceral leishmaniasis.

The International Medicine Club at GA Campus-PCOM is planning a medical mission trip to Nepal with the Lions Club (Nepal Branch) for the summer of 2013. The purpose of this trip is to lend a hand to the Nepali community by providing our volunteer services to a deserving clinic in Nepal. Read More…

Contact for more information
Alok Shrestha | Aloksh@pcom.edu

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Nepali Festivals (Dashain/Teez)


Dashain
dashainDashain or Badadashain or Vijaya Dashami is the 15 days long national (religious) festival of Nepal. It is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese people of all castes throughout the globe. It is not only the longest festival of the country but is also the one which is most anticipated. The festival falls around September–October, starting from the bright lunar fortnight and ending on the day of full moon. It is celebrated for 15 days; the most important days are the 1st, 7th, 8th, 9th and the 10th. The fifteen days of celebration occur during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon. Dashain is also popularly referred to as Badadashain, Dashera, Vijaya Dashami etc. It is also referred to as Durga Puja.

Throughout the country the goddess Durga in all her manifestations is worshiped with innumerable pujas, abundant offerings and thousands of animal sacrifices for the ritual of holy bathing, drenching the goddess for days in blood. This festival is also known for its emphasis on the family gatherings, as well as on a renewal of community ties. People return from all parts of the world, as well as different parts of the country, to celebrate together. All government offices, educational institutions and other offices remain closed during the festival period.

Source: Wikipedia

Teez
TeezTeez is a fasting festival for Hindu women. The first day of Teej is called Dar Khane Din. On this day the women, married and unmarried, mainly of Khas ethnicity, assemble at one place, in their finest attire and start dancing and singing devotional songs. Amidst all this, the grand feast takes place. The jollity often goes on till midnight, after which the 24hour fast starts.

The second day is the fasting day. Some women live without a morsel of food and drops of water while others take liquid and fruit. On this day, they gaily dress and visit a nearby Shiva temple singing and dancing on the way. The Pashupatinath Temple gets the highest number of devotees. At the Shiva temple, women circumambulate the Shiva Linga, the symbol of the lord, offering flowers, sweets and coins. The main puja (religious ceremony) takes place with offerings of flowers, fruits, etc., made to Shiva and Parvati, beseeching them to grant their blessing upon the husband and family. The important part of the puja is the oil lamp which should be alight throughout the night.

The third day of the festival is Rishi Panchami. After the completion of the previous day’s puja, women pay homage to various deities and bathe with red mud found on the roots of the sacred datiwan bush, along with its leaves. This act of purification is the final ritual of Teej, after which women are considered absolved from all their sins. The recent years have witnessed an alteration in the rituals, especially concerning the severity, but its essence remains the same.

Teej is celebrated just before the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi. Women do 24-hour nirjala fasting (without water or fruit) for the wellness of their spouse and their married life and unmarried would be praying to get a nice husband.

Source: Wikipedia

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Newari Heritage


newari-musiciansThe natives of Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu, the Newars, are mainly traders. With a purpose to trade, they are scattered across the country; with greater concentration in the Kathmandu Valley, Banepa, Dhulikhel, Bhojpur, Bandipur and Tansen. In the Kathmandu valley, they make 44% of total population. Nationally, however, they make about 5.6% of total population. Despite the small percentage numerically, they contribute significantly in the history, art, architecture and business activities in the country. They are in to the business and government services; business being their main profession. They have negligible representations in the army and police services. Quite a number also have agriculture as their main occupation. These agrarian population are known as “jyapus”.

newari-musiciansNewars speak their own language, ‘ Newari’ better known as Nepal Bhasa which belongs to Tibeto – Burman family of languages. It has its own scripts and has no linguistic connection to Nepali, Hindi or Sanskrit. The Newari script, the ‘Ranjana lipi’ is exceptional. The Newari literature is also very rich. There are Buddhist and Hindu Newars as well. Like elsewhere in the country, religious syncretism is blended into the culture and tradition. They celebrate numerous feasts and festivals throughout the year. Newars have a well defined occupational caste system among themselves. Though some Newars have Mongoloid features, they rather represent a community of different elements mixed together. Besides their rich cultural heritage, festivals, the Newars are impeccable artists and architects.

newari-musiciansAmong the Newar community, an interesting ancient tradition, known as ‘Ihi or Bel Biha’ , requires that a young girl often 7 or 8 years old, be married to a certain tree called ‘Bel tree’ or to its green fruit called ‘Bel’. The tree and the fruit symbolize a deity called ‘Hiranya Garbha’. Among the deities, Hiranya Garbha is one of the immortals. Thus marriage with ‘Hiranya Garbha’ is considered to be everlasting. To put it in a nutshell, the Newars, though small in numbers, have a very strong and dominating influence in Nepal’s economy, politics and society in general.

The name of the county Nepal itself derives from the Newars. Newars are the indigenous peoples of the Kathmandu Valley. They are also found in the neighboring hill settlements as well as in the towns and cities of the Terai plains. Originally Buddhists, Newars have increasingly become synceritc, and now a days some Newars practice both Buddhism as well as Hinduism. They are prominent in business, agriculture and craftsmanship. Their population exceeds 1.3 million. Newars have their own language, called Nepal Bhasha, which belongs to the Tibeto-Burman family. The Newar language has incorporated the rich corpus of Newa literature from historical times. Newars are considered a highly developed among many communities. They have a hierarchical clan system patterned after their respective occupations. The written history of the Newars is 2,5000 years old during which they developed their impeccable culture and arts into a great civilization. Newars maintained their unique kingdom even during the various reigns of the Gopala, Kirat, Licchavi and Malla dynasties. The Shahs finally amalgamated the Newar nation state in their unification drives.

Source: Heritage Valley & Tumblr

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Nepali Sports


Dandi Biyo
Dandi Biyo (Nepali: डन्डी बियो) is a game usually played in rural Nepal and is the national game. Dandi Biyo is played with a stick (Dandi) about two feet long and a wooden pin (Biyo) about six inches long. The pin is a small wooden stick with pointed ends.

DandiBiyo1Dandi Biyo is played by two or more players. The wooden pin is laid across a four-inch deep hole in the ground. One player puts one end of the stick inside the hole and holds the other end. The player jerks the stick against the pin to launch the pin into the air. If another player catches the pin in the air, the turn is over and the catcher takes the stick. If the pin instead hits the ground, that player plays to score.

DandiBiyo2To score, a player again knocks the pin in the air. Before it lands, the player hits it as many times as possible, to move it away from the hole.

The score is calculated by multiplying the number of hits by the number of stick-lengths the pin travelled. If the player hits the pin twice in the air, the score will be twice the number of stick-lengths the pin travelled.

 

Bagh-Chal
BagchalBagh-Chal (Nepali: बाघ चाल bāgh cāl, Newari:धुँ कासा dhun kasa meaning “Tiger game”, ) is a strategic, two-player board game that originates in Nepal. The game is asymmetric in that one player controls four tigers and the other player controls up to twenty goats. The tigers ‘hunt’ the goats while the goats attempt to block the tigers’ movements.

At the start of the game all four tigers are placed on the four corners of the grid, facing the center.
All goats start off the board.

The pieces must be put at the intersections of the board lines and moves follow these lines.
The player controlling the goats moves first by placing a goat onto a free intersection on the board. Then it is the tigers’ turn. One tiger is then moved to an adjacent position along the lines that indicate the valid moves. Moves are alternate between players.

Tigers capture goats by jumping over them to an adjacent free position (as in checkers, although capturing is not obligatory in Bagh-Chal). Goats can not move until all 20 have been put on the board. Read More…

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Face Painting & Hair Braiding


We plan to paint Nepali flag or USA flag on interested children’s face like these pictures.

FacePainting1  FacePainting2

We plan to do hair braiding with Nepali ribbon in traditional way like in this picture.

HairBraiding

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Nepali Ethnic Food


Nepal that lies between India and China, boasts of food as diverse as the country itself. The Nepalese recipes are easy to cook and are famous for their nutrition level and tempting taste. Nepali food has authentic flavor, making extensive use of spices and herbs such as ginger, garlic, coriander, pepper, cumin, chilies, cilantro, onion, Timur (an indigenous Nepali spice), mustard oil and ghee. [1]

The Nepali Ethnic Food booth will provide various dishes as diverse as the country.

Contact for more information
Bhabindra Basnet
404-324-3473

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