We have been quite busy on learning about the activities of Nord-Trøndelag Red Cross, attending them and meeting volunteers and people in Red Cross as well as outside in this week. We held presentation about Nepal, Nepali culture, our National Society, our voluntary works back in Nepal and about the YDEP for our colleagues in Nord-Trøndelag Red Cross, local leaders and the volunteer of red cross youth.
This week we became the part of the café called Tusenfryd. This Café opens for twice a month (Every alternate Thursday), which plays the role of bridge for the people, here people can come and spend their time by making new friends and enjoying new food. This cafe is opened for everyone. This time we shared information about our country and Nepali culture in the café, everyone was listening carefully which made us feel happy and proud.
Out of three objectives of YDEP, cultural exchange in one. Back in our home country, people are celebrating one of our biggest festival called Dashain. Everyone feels somehow bad not being with their family in biggest festive and, we felt same but no matter we are far from our home and family in biggest festival, we celebrated it here with our new colleagues and youth volunteers of Steinkjer red cross which is the most memorable and new experiences for us. We prepared the Nepali food as we used to prepare in Nepal. We showed them a documentary about our festival Dashain, explained them how we used to celebrate it in Nepal, we received Tika and blessings from Henry one of our colleague and we served them with Nepali food.
Dashain is one of the biggest festival of Nepal which is celebrated during the month of Kartik (late September and October). This festival symbolizes the victory of good over the evils. It is the longest and the most auspicious festival, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country. This festival is celebrated for 15 days which is stared during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon. Each 15 days have their own kind of importantance but first (Ghaṭasthapana), seventh(fulpati), eighth (Maha Asthami), ninth (Maha Navami) and tenth (Bijaya Dashami) days are most important in festival. All the government, private offices, educational institutions remain closed during this auspicious festival to celebrate the festival together with the family, friends, and relatives.
HAPPY DASHAIN TO ALL
more miles to go............
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