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Pasa Puchah guthi UK

PAHA CHAHRE celebration 2014 (NS 1134)

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London - 30th March 2014

Pasa Puchah Guthi UK observed Paha Chahre festival for the first time ever in the UK. Held at Abbey Estate Association,
Alperton, the event was joined by eighty culture-loving Nepalese in the UK. While the participants ranged from few-
months-old to seventy-years-old, enthusiasts from as far as Nottingham were seen taking an active part. Paha Chahre is
the 14th day of dark moon in March/April according to Lunar calendar and it is such a festival dedicated to the guests
of the household. Popularly celebrated with a huge procession mainly in the Kathmandu valley, Paha Chahre is an age-old
tradition still going strong in various parts of Nepal.

The event commenced with film screening of various Jatras (traditional processions) carried out in Nepal. An interesting talk
program constituted the second segment of the program, in which, PPGUK past-President Dr Sachetan Tuladhar gave an
introduction to Paha Chahre festival and elaborated on his personal experiences from the locality of Ason, including
Dyo-Lwakigu (Meeting of the deities) and Mala: Jaa (sacred rice fed to the kids for their good health). Editor-in-chief
of Matina Publications, Mr Shashi Mahaju elaborated on the facts related to Paha Chahre and various differences among
its local traditions.

PPGUK founding member and President Balmukund Prasad Joshi explained the religious significance of Paha Chahre. He further
informed the Guthi members about the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) of PPGUK London in July-August 2014. He urged
all members to be present at the AGM and also to participate and forward their candidacy for the next executive term.
PPGUK founding member and President of the Board of trustees, Mr Mahanta Shrestha thanked the executive committee for marking
an important tradition from Newah culture in the UK. The talk segment concluded with a minute-long silence observed for
the recent demise of Mr Raju Manandhar, son of Mr Gopal Manandhar from Wembley, who have been one of the first members
of Guthi since its inception.

Child participants took part in the Mask-colouring contest in which they showed great talent in colouring the masks of major
Paha Chahre deities including Mahaluxmi Ajima, Ganesh, Singini and Baraha. In the contest, eight-years-old Kanav Shrestha,
five-years-old Renee Shrestha and eight-years-old Aryan Shrestha stood first, second and third respectively. The winners
and participants won various prizes including a Kids' NepalBhasha learner book each.

Various member families of PPGUK showed great enthusiasm in preparing Samye-baji, a traditional Newah lunch, which was served
to all guests. Veteran artist Madan Thapa opened the cultural segment by playing popular traditional tunes. While this
entertainment ride was carried forward by Guthi's invaluable talents like dancer Deepa Shrestha and singer Anju Shrestha
performing folk numbers, this year's Paha Chahre celebration gracefully concluded with founding member and past-President
Mr Arjun Pradhan delivering a melodious song to a highly excited audience joined by founding members Amrit Ratna Sthapit
and Shashidhar Manandhar.

To view photos from the event, please click here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 22:26

Mha Puja 2013 & New Year NS 1134 Celebration

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London - 10th November 2013

Pasa Puchah Guthi UK (PPGUK), London celebrated Mha Puja coinciding with the Nepalese New Year Nepal Samvat 1134 at
Oakington Manor School, Wembley. More than 300 guests attended the unqiue tradition of worshipping one's own body in
order to revive one's energy for rest of the new year.

The event commenced with a formal welcome by PPGUK President Balmukund Prasad Joshi. He informed that PPGUK London's
executive committee has been working hard to offer their best to the Newahs in London and this Mha Puja was an ideal example.
President of the PPGUK Board of Trustees Mahanta Shrestha expressed that PPGUK has an enviable national and international
network, through which it has led Nepalese culture around the globe. Also present were PPGUK Founder members Arjun Pradhan
and Dharma Bhakta Shakya, and PPGUK immediate Past President Sachetan Tuladhar.

President of Bhairav Nach Guthi, Nepal, Bishnu Lal Prajapati who graced the event as a chief guest, expressed that Pasa Puchah
Guthi UK has made an impressive contribution in the preservation of Newah culture in the UK. He added that Newah culture is
one of the richest in the world and every individual has a common responsibility towards it's preservation. In the event, Dhan
Bahadur Mali was honoured as one of the eldest Newah settled in the UK. Chief Guest Prajapati then released the 13th issue of
annual Guthi Magazine.

While the dignitaries performed Mha puja on stage, members from the audience worshipped on their tables decorated with
manda: (or mandala). After the panchakanya and other volunteers offered tika to everyone, the worship concluded with everyone
having saga:, a traditional menu of rice flakes, soybean, chhwoyela (meat cuisine), egg and anchovies.

A talented ensemble of members and supporters from the Guthi presented various dance performances which were enjoyed by all.
Not only did the cultural segment include traditional dances like those of Kumari and Bhairav, it also boasted of contemporary
items ranging from interesting fusion numbers to ultra modern performances. Traditional Newah feast and liquor was provided
as a delicious dinner to the guests.

Towards the end of the show, trophies were awarded to various winners of the annual table tennis event and all cultural artists
were also felicitated. Free copies of annual Guthi magazine were distributed to the guests and various prizes were given to the
winners of raffle draw. PPGUK General Secretary Sanyukta Shrestha concluded the event with vote of thanks to all supporters and

To view photos from the event, please click here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 22:41

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