BRAMPTON: The Newah community of Nepal in the GTA celebrated “Samyabaji and Traditional Dance “ program at Chinguacousy Park, Brampton. The program, in collaboration with the City of Brampton, was organized by Canadian Newa Guthi in commemoration of “Yen Ya” festival.
Chief guest Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown stres ed on the need of organizing such programs to make Brampton a vibrant city in terms of diversity. Remembering his Nepal visit, Mayor Brown also praised the rich cultural heritage of Nepal.
MP Sonia Sidhu commended Canadian Newa Guthi for its activities to preserve the culture and strengthening the diversity mosaic. Prof. Dr. Tom O’Neill of Brock University highlighted the programs conducted by Guthi. Prof, Neill also discussed about “The Nepali -Canadian Living Standard Survey” conducted by Canadian Newa Guthi and Brock University.
The guests including Mayor Brown and MP Hon. Sonia Sidhu inaugurated by unveiling the “ Samayabaji” assemblage offered to the deities.
Various cultural items like “ Lakhe (monster) dance “, “Pulukisi (elephant) dance”, “ Charya Dance”, Newah folk dance were performed. A small girl Niti appeared as “Kumari” , the living Goddess. These dances are connected connect with legends of Newah culture.