हिमाली स्वरहरु – NOA Celebrates Mha Puja and New Year

NOA Celebrates Mha Puja and New Year

admin November 12, 2010 0

NOA Language Center Brings Children and Families Together to Celebrate Mha Puja and New Year

Press release

The Newah Organization of America Language Center (NOALC) organized its 5th annual Mha Puja (inner worship) celebration for families in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This special event has been celebrated by the Newah people since the Vedic stage. About 115 people came together for festivities on Saturday, November 6, 2010—the very same day as Nepal Sambat 1131.

The traditional Mha Puja celebration was hosted for the fourth time by Mr. Rajesh Shrestha and Mrs. Rohini Shrestha at their home in Woodbridge, Virginia. This very unique and auspicious ceremony was enjoyed by Newah and non-Newah families alike. This event is designed to involve Newah children and teach them about Newah culture, traditions, and values. Adults and children prepared and decorated the 114 “Mandas” (Mandalas), and an energetic team began preparations in the morning. The Mha Puja began at 7:00 pm and ended at 9:30 pm.

NOALC Chairman Mr. Ishwar Rajbhandari kicked off the program by introducing Mha Puja to all the children and adults. NOA President Mr. Rajesh Shrestha welcomed Newah priest Mr. Basav Rajopadhayay, His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Shankar Prasad Sharma, and all other participants including NOA Executive Committee members, NOA volunteers, and family members. He thanked everyone for coming and for contributing delicious foods for the Mha Puja.

Ambassador Dr. Sharma was very pleased that he and his wife along with 1st secretary Mr. Ananda Prasad Sharma and his wife, 2nd secretary Mr. Gaurishwor Regmi and his wife were join the celebration. Ambassador Dr. Sharma thanked NOA for the invitation and praised NOA for its tireless and continued activities to preserve and promote Newah culture, tradition, and language here in the US. Newah priest Mr. Basav Rajopadhayay explained step-by-step the meaning and processes of Mha Puja. Adults and children enjoyed hearing the history and significance of Mha Puja and why Newah people celebrate this wonderful occasion.

There was a traditional Sagan and Jho Bhoye (Newah feast) following the Mha Puja. The Bhoye was served on traditional Laptay, Bota, and salin cha (leaf plates, leaf bowls, and small clay bowl), which brought back fond memories and made participants feel connected to their roots in Nepal.

The Newah Organization of America is excited to bring the community together to honor Newah cultural heritage and Nepal Bhasa.


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