Tasmanian Bhutanese celebrate Tihar Festival.

Guna Majhi and Devi Ghimire
(Melbourne, AUstralia)
Resettled Bhutanese in Southern Australian state of  Tasmania celebrated the great festival of Hindus, “DEEPAWALI” for the first time in Australia. Around 180 people  including a child of two years to 86 year old elder  observed the Tihar  program with full enthusiasm yesterday. The program was organised at Migrant Resource Center (MRC)  hall situated at the corner of Dineen and Haig St, Mowbray, provided by the MRC of Launceston, Tasmania.

A Bhutanese lady dancing in TasmaniaAccording to Narad Koirala, secretary of Bhutanese Community in Australia, the program  started at around 10 am and had prolonged to 1 pm. They jointly welcomed the auspicious Deepawali with the opening song “Diyo Bali Puja Ko…” . The importance of Hindu festival (Tihar)  was highlighted in the program by the chairperson of BCT Mr. Laxu Man Basnet. However, the importance of Deepawali and the reason of  its celebration were made crystal clear by Sweta, one of the  volunteers in  Tasmania. Meanwhile, the Chief Guest David Midgley reflected and shared his past experience of celebrating  Deepawali when he was in India some 15 years ago.

Emceed by Narad Koirala, the musical program continued for three hours  entertaining the attendees with  the traditional songs like deusi and vailo by Karna Bdr Bhattarai  followed by ” Tiharai aayo…” by a group of young Bhutanese  girls.  Another Bhutanese artist Miss Phul Maya Samal mersmerized the mass with her attractive performance “Bhun Bhun Bhamara…”

The functions and the celebrations were attended  by the representatives from Legislative Council Mr. Ivan Dean,  officers from Police Force, teachers and professors from different  colleges and universities, representatives from MRC and other dignified personalities from various  government agencies  and private sectors.

Bhutanese Community in Tasmania(BCT) was formed on 24th May 2009 electing Mr. Laxuman Chhetri as the presidents, Dev Raj Timsina as the vice president with Narad Koirala as secretary Nabin Gurung, the joint secretary and Tara Subba as Public Relation Officer . The Community has  elected Tulsha Timsina, Shiva Prashed Sharma Dulal, Sanjaya Monger and Phul Maya Samal as executive members and Srilal Acharya the treasurer with Bishnu Bhattarai as an assistant treasurer. These people represent the diverse demographic composition of the resettled Bhutanese community in Australia.

This great celebration is  the first and the biggest  of its kind in Australia organised by the group of resettled Bhutanese.
-(The duo are the Members of the Bhutanusa.com)

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3 Responses

  1. It is really a progress of Bhutanese refugee in the western countries. I am glad to read this kind of news of bhutanese.

  2. The programme which really send a positive feelings to every bhutanese.I think it was a good example to other society about having some best qualifications to be shown.Coz we know Australia is a world of different cultures with different societies who lives harmoniously.
    Hopefully this type of programme gives a sense of rememberance and an opportunity to share cultural values .I hope it unites to all the bhutanese to make their own kind of effect in the society, So keep it up, go ahead.thats my wish…..”HAPPY DEEPAWALI”

    Puspa Dabadi
    Hobart Tasmania, Australia

  3. Good, keep it up. It will help us to protect our culture and tradition

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