Celebrating Nepal

May 29, 2012

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Celebrating Holi Festival With Friends

March 7, 2012

Celebrating Nepal With Thangka Paintings

January 1, 2012

Dumji Festival in the Solukhumbu

April 1, 2011

The Dumji Festival is a very special festival in the Khumbu area.  It is celebrated in the month of May or June every year.   During the celebratin, there is dancing, drinking and merry making in addition to the more serious rituals and dances performed by the monks.  The Dumji festival celebrates and honors the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche’s birth on the lotus flower.

Lama Sangwa Dorgje is the founder of the earliest monasteries of Khumbu and he was the first to start the Dumji festival in Pangboche about 360 years ago in order to coincide with the birth anniversary of Guru Rimpoche.

The festival serves as a religious and community duty to help bring the villagers together. Every twenty years it falls upon one family to provide food and drink for the entire village for the duration of the celebrations, which last for 4 days. Each family has its turn to provide the festival for the village, which is quite costly for that family. On a rotation basis, four laws are chosen to undertake the responsibility of conducting Dumji and sometimes it leads a family to bankruptcy.
Dumji Festival is performed by the Tengboche Monks in Tengboche, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung and Pangboche of Khumbu and Junbesi of Solukhumbu.  The Festival in Namche is the most interesting and popular one among them all. The dates may vary by one or more days as the Tengboche Rinpoche, Abbot of Tengboche Monastery, may alter the schedule depending on local events.

Supporting the Forgotten Himalaya

March 20, 2011


You are invited to come along and experience an incredible journey to one of the most remote regions on the planet. Follow the journey of 10,000 baseball hats as they make their way from homes in Edmonton to the people of remote Humla, Western Nepal.

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 7:00PM — 9:30PM
Royal Alberta Museum
12845-102nd Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Holi Festival of Colours

March 19, 2011

The Hindu Festival of Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March every year. Originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, Holi is now a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology. The story centres around an arrogant king who resents his son Prahlada worshiping Lord Vishnu. He attempts to kill his son but fails each time. Finally, the king’s sister Holika who is said to be immune to burning, sits with the boy in a huge fire. However, the prince Prahlada emerges unscathed, while his aunt burns to death. Holi commemorates this event from mythology and huge bonfires are burnt on the eve of Holi as its symbolic representation.

This exuberant Hindu festival of Holli is also associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha, and hence, Holli is spread over 16 days in Vrindavan as well as Mathura – the two cities with which Lord Krishna shared a deep affiliation. Apart from the usual fun with coloured powder and water, Holi is marked by vibrant processions which are accompanied by folk songs, dances and a general sense of abandoned vitality.

Reading Snake Lake by Journalist Jeff Greenwald

March 1, 2011

Jeff Greenwald’s Snake Lake is a political drama set in exotic Nepal and is filled with personal psychodrama in his feckless memoir. Journalist Greenwald spent the spring of 1990 reporting from Kathmandu as opposition to Nepal’s repressive monarchy boiled over into violence. The setting offered Greenwald political adrenaline, lush atmospherics, romance and spirituality as he began a torrid affair with an expat photojournalist from which he took instruction from a Buddhist sage. However, the meltdown of his depressed brother Jordan draged him away just as the Nepalese revolution was heating up. This, then, shunts the memoir into an portrait of neurosis. Greenwald tells the story in novelistic style, with reams of verbatim dialogue, but the narrative’s moving parts clash instead of resonating. There are many random detours on the author’s spiritual journey.

Festival of Knowlege with Saraswati

February 8, 2011

Saraswati is the Goddess of leaming, knowledge, and wisdom. The Sanskrit word sara means “essence” and swa means “self.” Thus Saraswati means “the essence of the self.” Saraswati is represented in Hindu mythology as the divine consort of Lord Brahma, the Creator of the universe. Since knowledge is necessary for creation, Saraswati symbolizes the creative power of Brahma. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped by all persons interested in knowledge, especially students, teachers, scholars, and scientists. In Her popular images and pictures, Goddess Saraswati is generally depicted with four arms wearing a white sari and seated on a white lotus. She holds a book and a rosary in Her rear two hands, while the front two hands are engaged in the playing of a vena. Her right leg is shown slightly pushing against Her left leg. She uses a swan as Her vehicle. There is a peacock by Her side gazing at Her.

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