Last week was truly memorable and filled with excitement for our newly elected (and created) Youth Team in Syangja district. It is the first of its kind here in our host district, but we based it on years of experiences made by previous Youth Delegates, as they have started up Youth Teams all over Nepal. We were very lucky to have the coordinator of Sunsari Youth Team Bishal Bhattarai to assist us with the start-up and election process - such as how to actually host an election. Check out some glimpses of this in the video below (and take notice of yet another attempt at Nepali dancing, don’t you agree that we are slowly improving?:)

And the timing for the Youth Team start-up could not have been better! The election was just before the celebration of the Tihar festival, so we could do Deusi Bhailo - check out Nishan and Saseena’s blogpost for details - as a fundraising activity for the Youth Team. It is actually very similar to the Norwegian Christmas tradition of "julebokk" - as one in both cases dress up, perform songs all over town and get treats in return. In Deusi Bhailo one also showcases traditional dances, and receive money. Our crew consisted of 25 Students from Tribhuwan Aadarsha Model secondary school, our Youth Team and Red Cross volunteers, who all took different responsibilities in planning, performing and accounting - and ensuring a good mood! We were lucky to be trained by the amazing and very patient dancers, and are so impressed by how so many youths gave much of their holiday time to do fundraising for the Red Cross.

Students wearing Gurung costume, Guri (12 years) and friends doing
performing tradtitional dances. “julebokk”, dressed up as santas.
Photo: Manish Khatri Photo: Bente Karlsen

We also shared even more about this on Facebook and Instagram so check out both if you still are curious! And if you want to know more about the Tihar celebration Nishan and Saseena also have an excellent
blogpost about it :D

Gitgauna - sing - syng

Svanhild & Guri