Australian Day- Bhutanese as a new cultural ingredient

photo by Mohan Subedi

Dom N. Kafley, Adelaide, Australia

Resettled Bhutanese here in Adelaide, the south Australian state of this island continent startlingly participated in the celebration of Australia Day-multicultural parade that heralds every year on the 26 of January commemorating the pride of Australia and as being an Australian, adding their rich cultural enigma enhancing significantly the vibrant cultural life of south Australia as a new cultural ingredient.

It isn’t the first time that the Bhutanese have attributed to take on their onus to represent their being as a different cultural group but it is the first of its kind ever since they started adopting this driest state as a new home some one and a half years ago. The first group of Bhutanese were resettled here in this southern state in the first quarter of 2008.

The cultural parade started at 6:00 pm south Australian standard time at Hindmarsh Square and wound the heart of the city through Pultney Street and North Terrace to reach at Elder Park at 7:00 pm for major entertainment including fireworks and concert in the late evening.

The Australian day kicked off with as many as more than fifty communities from around the world in which about hundred Bhutanese represented their community as one of the youngest communities in the go decked in emblematic cultural costumes of daura, suruwal, coat and Dhaka topi by men and saree and choli by women, including youngsters of their cultural adornment, the most stir to which was added by the dressing of people in bakhu, gho and kira waving the flag of Bhutan side by side to the flag of Australia.

Couples of tens of thousands of people from around different communities of the world are expected to enhance the blend of vibrant multiculturalism in the late evening concert show that is scheduled to be held at Elders Park in the city.

The celebration of Australia day which dates back to the first fleet of British at Sydney Cove in 1788, is an official Anniversary of Australians despite various phases of dissatisfaction laid against at different times as Invasion Day or Sorry Day referring to the Australian Indigenous inhabitants.


One Response

  1. Mr. Dom Nath is my friend from my childhood. His article is really interesting and has mentioned the life in Australia.I would like to give thanks for his writing.

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