A report on
9th Annual Samaybaji Picnic 2014
Canadian Newa Guthi (CNG) organized its 9thAnnual Samaya Baji Picnic 2014 on Sunday, 31st August, 2014 at the Wilkit Creek Park, Toronto. On the base of the feedbacks received, we can say that this is a most awaited and popular program within our Nepali community. All together 135 participants from different parts of Ontario had attended in the picnic. Active participation on every activity conducted during the picnic can be an index of grand success of the picnic. At the same time, CNG executive members, CNG-Toronto Chapter executive members and other guthi members accomplished their responsibilities with full dedication.
The “Samaya Baji” annual picnic has its peculiarity in traditional food. Mostly, executive board members and few other general members took keen responsibility to cook at least one food item for the picnic. The Newa guthi would like to extend sincere thanks to those who have prepared delicious traditional Newari food, especially Riddhi Pradhan, Sabina Shrestha, Aruna Pradhan, Neelam Shrestha, Yashodha Rajbansi, Mausami Tamrakar, Jyoti Rajbhandari, Heera Laxhmi Shakya, Shanti Karmacharya Makaju, Merry Shrestha, Asmita Awal, Indira Shrestha, Neeva Patrabansa, Subarnashova Shakya,Sumitra Shrestha, Anu Shrestha and Buddha Prajapati. The main menu of the picnic was: Chiura (Baji), poleko masu (Chhoyla), Bodi (Bhooti), Aalu achar, Sag, Bara (wo:), Bhatamas (Musya), Lasun, Aduwa (Lava-palu), Maachha (Nyan) added with pasta, coke, fruits, ice-cream and chicken BBQ.
There were lots of entertaining games during the picnic. Some of them were targeted to the children such as; piñata, sack race, tug of war, musical chair and volley ball. Most of the participants enjoyed the bingo game. The main objectives of the picnic were to create a platform to know and meet and greet each other, share experiences within old and new Nepali community members within GTA, Canada, to showcase Newari food and its valuable traditional and cultural values among Nepalese community and upcoming generation.
After the sport activities and Bingo game, a live musical program was performed in which guthi members sang different songs including Newari songs and danced enthusiastically in the tune of Nepali and Newari musical instruments.
This “Samayabaji picnic” 2014 was sponsored by the following valuable and distinguished persons: Mr. Atul Subedi (Lawyer), Mr. Jimmy and Purns Shristy Ghimery (Remax Broker) and Mr. Rajan Shrestha ( Insurance Broker).
Canadian Newa Guthi would like to express its sincere and warm appreciate to all the sponsors for their valuable contribution to make this annual program a grand success. In addition, CNG would like to thank all the participants for their valuable time and kind support to make this annual event meaningful and successful and anticipate continued support in the future too. Last but not least, CNG would like to appreciate its dedicated volunteers and young guthiyars Nishan Pradhan, Susan Pradhan, Sabatina Shrestha, Elvisha Shrestha, Sanskiti Rajbanshi, Afsa Shrestha, Ayusna Shrestha, Pranay Shakya and Rodhesha Shakya for their valuable time for arranging as well as conducting various games and entertainment activities for the children.
Mr. Prakash Lal Pradhan, the CNG president welcomed all the guthiyars and guests prior to “Samayabaji” lunch. He also mentioned that it is the continuation of traditional Newari food festival which reminds to be of proud Newar tradition and culture, though we are living in Canada.
Mr. Aditya Maharjan, founder of the New York Newa Guthi,USA expressed that CNG is one of the such organizations which initiated to start the traditional Newari culture within Canadian environment in 2005. It will strengthen among Nepalese of Newars and other community people living in Canada and also from Nepalese who are living in Nepal. He also revealed that Ranjana Lipi, a Traditional Newari script, was submitted to the UNO by then late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shaha for Nepal to be a member UNO in 1955.
Mr. Balchandra Shrestha, president of NCCS, expressed that CNG is such a influential organization among the many organizations working within GTA, Canada and adhered to promote Newari culture and tradition in Canada. He further noted that CNG has been an exemplary organization in terms of proper management and financial transparency.
Mr. Tulsi Sapkota, General-Secretary of NRN-Canada explained that CNG has been doing valuable work to empower Nepalese community in GTA and anticipated to work jointly in the years to come.
Mr. Uttam Makaju, Vice-President,CNG expressed the values of Samayabaji food items in terms of nutrition, tradition, culture and connection with Yanya Puni and KumariJatra. This is the only festival which is observed by those families who are mourning for their beloved ones.
Mr. Ujwol Bhandari alias “Ujju Darling”, a well known TV talk show host on social maladies in Nepal urged all to practice mother language and promote culture, especially in diaspora.
Mr. Bimal Shrestha, General–Secretary, CNG gave the vote of thanks to all the attendees and sponsors for their valuable support. Mr. Shrestha also disclosed that CNG is conducting research study on immigrants in collaboration with Brock University in near future. New comers were being introduced by themselves during the formal program of the event. On the occasion, six families took the ordinary membership of CNG and three ordinary members applied for the life membership. On the occasion the secretary announced that CNG will celebrate a special program next year on the occasion of 10th successful year since 2005.