Pahachare, Janabaha Dyah Jatra and Biskha Jatra Observed in Canada

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Pahachare, Janabaha Dyah Jatra and Biskha Jatra Observed in Canada

 

The Nepalese community in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada observed the Pahachare (Gode Jatra), Janabaha Dyah (Seto Machindra Nath) Jatra and Biskha (Bisket) Jatra amidst a cultural event at Lansdowne Community Hall on Saturday March 28, 2015.  The cultural event was organized by Newa Cultural Society of Alberta (NCSA).

 

The cultural event was kicked off by worshiping deities including Lord Ganesh, the god of the beginnings, by lightning oil lamp in the Panas.  The worship was performed by Mrs. Bejuna Joshi, senior member of the Newa community in Edmonton.

 

The cultural event was chaired by Dr. Hemanta Joshi, President of NCSA.  Dr. Joshi welcomed all the participants in the cultural event and gave a brief overview of the NCSA’s program and activities in promoting, preserving and maintaining the Newa culture and traditions in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Dr. Joshi also highlighted on the proposed NCSA project on Newa language, dance and music in the coming summer and fall and urged cooperation from the community members for its success.  According to Dr. Joshi, NCSA was established in April 22, 2013 to practice, promote, and preserve Newa language, literature, arts, culture, and traditions in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  On the event, Dr. Keshab Shrestha, Vice President of NCSA, briefly spoke about Newa culture and festivals including Pahachare and Janabaha Dyah Jatra.  Mr. Tri Prasad Dhaubhadel, Executive Member, described a story behind celebrating Biskha Jatra in Bhaktapur.  Similarly, Mr. Birendra Piya, member of the community, briefly described about the Biskha Jatra performed in Bandipur, Western part of Nepal.

 

During the cultural event, various photos depicting Newa culture and traditions including Pahachare, Janabaha Dyah Jatra, Biskha Jatra as well as NCSA activities were displaced.  Similarly, video clips related to cultural events including Pahachare festival were shown to the participants during the event.

 

At the end of the event, a delicious Samay Bajee, an ethnic feast, prepared by the community members was served to all the participants.  The Samay Bajee, comprised of varieties of food items including auspicious Khen Sagan [ritual food comprised of deep-fried egg, Woo (a deep fried pancake made from black lentil), small fried whole fish, steamed and fried pieces of meat, and a small bowl of Khaye (a mixture of yogurt, water, oil, cumin powder and salt as a substitute for Ayela, a Newa whisky)] as a divine blessings for good luck, prosperity, and longevity.

 

In the cultural event, Dr. Kishor Shrestha, Secretary of NCSA, thanked all the participants for their participation, delicious ethnic food and cooperation in organizing the cultural event.  Mr. Sarju Ranjit, Auditor of NCSA, and Ms. Rybiniya Piya, member of the community, were the MCs in the cultural event.