London – 18th November 2012
Pasa Puchah Guthi UK (PPGUK) celebrated their annual Mha Puja and Nepalese New
year Nepal Samvat 1133 at Alperton Community School Hall on 18th November 2012.
While the program commenced with PPGUK President Balmukund Prasad Joshi's warm
welcome to the audience, President of PPGUK Board of Trustees, Mahanta Bahadur
Shrestha, praised the unity of the Newahs in the UK as being exemplary.
Chief guest of the event, Nepalese Ambassador to the UK, Mr Suresh C. Chalise,
highlighted the importance of Nepal Samvat as being the new year of the entire Nepalese
community. He wished everyone a very happy New Year Nepal Samvat 1133 and
expressed that an event such as Mha Puja can generate a large impact in the preservation
of Nepalese culture in the UK.
In the event, Dr Bibek Pradhan was honoured as one of the eldest Newahs settled in
the UK; in addition, representatives from various PPGUK branches made their kind
appearance. Secretary of the Board of Trustees Shibaji Shrestha elaborated the history of
Nepal Samvat, its stoppage by Rana regime and the recent restoration of Nepal Samvat..
During the event, guests were offered sinha: (tika) and saga:n (traditional food offering).
Mha Puja is a unique Newah tradition of worshipping one's own body to purify one's soul
and to revive an individual for the new year. This worship was celebrated by various
cultural performances, and an official release of PPGUK's annual magazine, 'Guthi', that
commemorated various community activities organised by PPGUK in the past year.
Pulun Kisi (Man made elephant) and the traditional Lakhey dance were performed during
the cultural show. Alongside this, Ghintang The Unity UK performed various Newah
numbers and modern dances in which popular Nepalese actress, Regina Uprety, also
contributed. The cultural event was filled with incredible performances of Nepalese dances
and music by PPGUK supporters.
Traditional Newah Bhwoye (feast) was also served on laptey (leaf plates).
Guests were bid farewell with a free issue of the Guthi magazine.