Canadian Newa Guthi recently marked the commencement of Nepal Sambat 1144 and the traditional “Mha Puja” ceremony, a ritual of self-worship. The event, attended by enthusiastic participants, commenced with a spirited rally echoing the joyous chant of “Happy New Year 1144.”
Before the initiation of the Mha Puja program, Dr. Prajwal Pradhan, the General Secretary of Guthi, welcomed guests and participants, shedding light on the organization’s commitment to preserving Newah culture. Dr. Pradhan expressed his warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of the New Year and highlighted Guthi’s ongoing efforts to organize various events that contribute to the enrichment of Newah culture in Canada.
Addressing the gathering, Prof. Dr. Tulsi Dharel, the Executive Vice President of the Canadian Multicultural Council, commended the Canadian Newa Guthi for its dedicated activities aimed at promoting and preserving the cultural essence of Nepal in Canada. Dr. Dharel shared insights into the Canadian Multicultural Council’s initiatives, emphasizing the showcasing of South Asian culture, cuisine, and attire within Canada. He extended his heartfelt greetings to all present.
Prof. Dr. Tom O’ Neill from Brock University took the stage to underscore the commendable efforts of Guthi in preserving Newah culture. He reflected on his personal involvement in Guthi’s activities, particularly highlighting the collaborative research on Nepali immigrants conducted jointly by Guthi and Brock University.
Adding an academic perspective to the proceedings, Mr. Ian Turner, a Ph.D. student at Toronto University specializing in Newah Buddhism, elucidated the richness of the Newah community in terms of culture, cuisine, craftsmanship, ornaments, and attire. Turner expressed his support for Guthi’s cultural preservation endeavors and captivated the audience by delivering his speech in fluent Nepalbhasa, capturing the attention of all in attendance.
NRN Canada Vice President, Mr. Kiroj Shrestha, expressed his delight at learning about the unique Newah culture flourishing even in the Canadian landscape. He conveyed his warm wishes on the occasion of Nepal Sambat 1144, acknowledging the significance of the cultural exchange facilitated by Guthi.
The event served as a testament to the dedication of Canadian Newa Guthi in fostering cultural understanding and appreciation, creating a bridge between the rich heritage of Nepal and the multicultural fabric of Canada. As the Newah community ushers in Nepal Sambat 1144, the festivities stand as a vibrant testament to the enduring spirit of cultural preservation and exchange.