Guna Majhi and Devi Ghimire
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.
According 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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