Nepalese Community Celebrates Solstice Festival

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Mississauga: Members of the Nepalese community residing around Greater Toronto Area (GTA) recently celebrated “ Maghe Sankranti”  in Mississauga along with several programs.

Speaking at the event, NRN Canada President Gopi Krishna Kafle threw light on the importance of celebrating traditions and  culture  by the diaspora.

Welcoming the guests, President of Magar Sangha Canada  Mr. Shanta Thapa Magar reiterated the need of  transferring  indigenous culture  to the second generation.

At the end of the program  guests were entertained with traditional dances and songs by local artists. Where as, “Himalayan Vibes”, a GTA based Nepalese folk musical group, led by noted percussionist Mr. Sanuraja Maharjan, presented soothing  Nepalese folk  instrumental numbers  which was applauded heartily by the guests. After the cultural program, guests were served  ethnic food connected with  the celebration.

“Maghe Sankranti” is  observed as  solstice festival in Nepal in which people enjoy clarified butte), molasses, yam, sesame seed candy, vegetables like spinach and so on. It is believed that eating such items provide lots of energy to keep warm  cold  and keep people healthy.