One of the two main events organized by Namaste Nepal, Himalayan Night has always been an occasion where we take a break from our hectic schedule and come together to celebrate our culture and get enriched by the roots of our tradition.
Every fall, our colleagues at International Club host the International Idol, a night that “brings cultures together, forming a spectacle”. Fall 2017 was no different. What was different however was the grouping of contestants by their country instead of the traditional individual talent show, with the team able to show off their culture and talent in the most beautiful, elegant and cultural way taking the trophy.
With the obligatory background out of the way, it is only right that we start 2018 by celebrating the achievement of our members Dikshya Karki, Binu KC, Manisha Shrestha, Anisha Mahat, Dikchya Manadhar, Rejeena Rai, Sweyasha Sharma and Pooja Sigdel (pictured left to right) who represented Nepal in the contest and emerged victorious after dazzling the audience with their dance performance. We are really proud of their accomplishment and hope we get to see more of their talents in 2018.
International Club and Namaste Nepal jointly organized world’s most colorful festival on Truman.
Holi was organized on April 2nd, 2017 in Red Barn Park.
Holi is one of the largest festivals celebrated by Hindus to represent good overcoming evil. It is best known around the world for the powder that revellers throw on each other, leaving festival goers coated in colour by the end of the day.
Namaste Nepal organized 13th annual Himalayan Night on March 4th, 2017. The program comprised of cultural dance, songs and traditional Nepalese cuisine. The theme of this Himalayan Night was “Back On Top Of The World”, trying to depict that Nepal is recovering from the devastating earthquake of 2015 and sharing the news that Nepal is total safe to travel and naturally once is not enough.
Overall, the event was a huge success.
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Photo credits to Priscilla Parisa and Kelly Dobbs.
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This painting represents a collage of significant pieces in the Nepali culture. The famous Himalayan mountains stand tall and beautiful in the background surrounded by grassy hills and terraced fields. The colorful prayer flags hang high and stand out as a peaceful reminder that prayers and good thoughts must surround us in our everyday lives. The last piece, maybe the most significant at this time, is the Dharahara tower standing strong with pride to represent the never-ending struggle to rebuild and overcome so many of the losses that Nepal has felt after the 2015 earthquake.
The beautiful Hindu goddess Durga is represented by the bold fierce eyes, large golden nose ring, red lipstick, and tika upon the forehead. Durga, meaning the invincible, is believed to be the power behind creation, preservation, and destruction of the world. At a time like Dashain, Durga is one of the most significant and prayed to goddesses. Offerings are given to her, and many sacrifices are made during the week of Dashain. She goes by multiple names and is a multi-dimensional goddess.
Every fall, Namaste Nepal hosts their annual Dashain Night celebration, in honor of the 10-day festival of the same name. Musical and dance performances included traditional Nepali dances, along with modern and traditional vocal performances. The members of Namaste Nepal all pitched in to recreate traditional Nepali dishes to share with those in attendance. Check out more photos in the Truman International Blog!
Namaste Nepal Group Picture
Namaste Nepal hosts another year’s celebration of Dashain for the Truman community!
“Dashain is the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese people throughout the globe. This festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil and is known for emphasis on family gatherings.”
Take a look at the official photo album covering this evening to remember!
-Photo credits to Priscilla Parisa and Mikenzie Beckley (Center for International Students)