Devi Ghimire and Guna Majhi
The huge crowd in a congested apartment was as exotic as the ceremony itself for most of the native Australians here in Hobart, Tasmania on Sunday. It was just a marriage ceremony of two Bhutanese love birds but the local community folks and foreign invitees took the event with great interest and curiosity. Many of them spent the whole day watching the unique culture and capturing every moments in their cameras. They didn’t only taste the traditional Bhutanese/Nepali foods but also wished the couple for the happy conjugal life.
Dhiren Khatiwoda, 23, was tying nuptial knot with another resettled Bhutanese lady, Swostika Sharma, 23, on Feb. 07 amid an elaborate Hindu ceremony. Nearly two Hundred people including volunteers, case workers, officers from various agencies, teachers attended the ceremony.
The ceremony being new and extra-ordinary to this new land, became the center of attraction and subject of talk for most of the folks in the neighborhood.
” I had a great time, it was the first ceremony of that kind I’ve ever attended, I was sweating, dancing in typical Nepali folk Music”, a Foreign attendee shared his ecstasy at the end of the ceremony. Like this man, a number of local community members in traditional Nepali dress- Dhaka topi and Daura Suruwal, could be seen dancing in Nepali Panche Baja music,excitedly, the whole day. While a few were so interested in the Puja that they needed interpretation of each of the actions of the priest, Harihar Acharya,hired from Sydney.
The Bhutanese in Hobart feel that this ceremony hasn’t only made our culture and tradition known to the foreigners, but, has also, to a greater extent, helped merge the distance that had been there between their newly settled community and rest of the locals.
Nearly 60 Bhutanese refugees from Nepal, including Khatiwoda, are resettled in Hobart with 180 more in Launceston, another city in Tasmania.
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