Notice of “Ihi”(Bel Bibah) 2015
Respected Guthiyar and Community Members,
We are pleased to inform you that Canadian Newa Guthi (CNG) is organizing “Ihi”(Bel Bibah) around June/ July 2016 for the first time in Brampton, Canada. Mr. Bashav Rajopadhyaya, a reputed scholar of Newa Culture and Priest has kindly consented to visit Canada in order to conduct the “Ihi” ritual ceremony. We are humbly requesting all the Guthiyar and community members to contact CNG if you are planning “Ihi” (Bel Bibah) for your daughter(s). The event is aimed to work in your favor to reduce cost of the ritual and save time as well. Moreover, CNG will be able to showcase the unique culture and values of Newar community in Canada.
Registration Fee: CAD $500.00 (including all puja materials and priest fee)
Deadline to register: 15th March, 2016
There must be minimum of 5 (five) girls to conduct the “Ihi” (Bel Bibah) ritual ceremony.
“IHI” (BEL BIBAH) EVENT DATE WILL BE INFORMED AFTER THE CONFIRMATION OF 5 GIRLS FOR THE CEREMONY.
Mr. Prakash Lal Pradhan, President, CNG ( 905-460-8925),
Mr. Uttam Makaju, Vice-President, CNG ( 647-719-9147),
Mr. Bimal Shrestha (416-705-6672),
Mr. Naresh Tamrakar, Public Relation Officer, CNG ( 647-343-7758) and
Mr. Surendra Lal Shrestha, Executive Member ( 647-888-7137)
“Ihi” is one of the most important rituals in the Newar community, which is a sacred and mandatory ceremony to be performed before a girl turns age of 13. It is a ceremony in which pre-adolescent girls are "married" to the “BEL” fruit (wood apple), which is a symbol of the god Vishnu. This ceremony is performed to save the girl from evil and malicious spirits but the most important reason is to protect the girl from unpleasant humiliation of widowhood. Being a meaningful ritual, some of the non-Newars families residing in USA (i.e. Mr. Kiran Sitaula, Vice -Mayor, Indian Head Town, Maryland, USA) have also performed the “Ihi” (Bel Bibah) ceremony for their daughters.
Note: Please circulate this information to all family and friends around you.