The rich cultural heritage of Nepal was magnificently presented by various Nepalese community organizations during the Carabram Multicultural Festival in Brampton. From July 7th to 9th, 2023, the festival showcased Nepal’s vibrant culture through captivating performances, traditional dances, colorful costumes, festive glimpses, melodious music, and delicious cuisine. The event, which featured different locations within Brampton City dedicated to specific communities and countries, saw the Nepalese pavilion held at the Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre. The pavilion was jointly organized by the Nepalese Community Network of Canada (NCNC), Canadian Newa Guthi (CNG), and the Nepalese Janjati Association of Canada (NJAC).
During the inauguration of the Nepal pavilion, Ms. Rojina Tamrakar, the charge d’affaires a.i. of Nepal to Canada, highlighted the importance of showcasing Nepali culture in the diaspora, as it promotes tourism in Nepal and contributes to the country’s economic growth. Emphasizing Nepal’s diversity in terms of nature, culture, and ethnicity, Ms. Tamrakar described every Nepali residing abroad as a cultural ambassador. Member of Parliament Hon. Soniya Sidhu, speaking at the inaugural program, expressed gratitude to the Nepalese community for showcasing the rich Nepali culture and contributing to the vibrant cultural mosaic of Canada. NCNC President Nar Bahadur Thapa and CNG President Prakash Lal Pradhan also emphasized the significance of participating in multicultural events to promote and preserve Nepali culture in Canada.
On the festival’s concluding day, Brampton City Mayor Patrick Brown thanked the Nepalese community organizations for their contribution to the Nepal pavilion and announced the naming of a public park in Brampton as “Sagarmatha Park.” During the closing ceremony, NCNC Chairman Pashupati Pokharel and NJAC President Birkaji Gurung expressed their gratitude to all for their invaluable support in making the festival a memorable experience.
Over the course of three days, the Nepal pavilion at Carabram featured a splendid showcase of Nepalese folk dances representing various ethnic communities from the mountains, hills, and Terai regions. The performances included the mesmerizing Lakhe dance, the presence of Kumari, the Living Goddess of the Newar community, soulful religious songs, and captivating folk instrumental music by Himalayan Vibes. Attendees also had the opportunity to admire traditional attire and savor authentic Nepali cuisine. Carabram, Brampton’s largest multicultural festival, has successfully celebrated its fortieth year and is considered an ideal cultural event for those seeking a global experience without leaving the city.