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Nepali Americans start to integrate in US main stream, celebrate Nepali new year 2076

Sisriksha Dhakal, Los Angeles: Colorado based Nepali Americans observed New Year 2076 BS with Nepal day Parade and wishing each other.

In the program organized by Rocky mountain Friends of Nepal with the cooperation of Helping hands at Boulder municipality, Mayor Suzanne Jones – City of Boulder and Prem Raja Mahat, Nepal to USA was the chief guest and Special Guest. Similarly, representatives of various South Asian American organizations, honorable personalities, artists, reporters, professionals as well as local people participated in the program. In the program, the participants tripped the city carrying the play cards, banner along with the national flags of Nepal and America.

“It’s just wonderful,” said Nepali American Activist Gyanendra Gadal, who founded the annual Nepal parade. “It’s a way to keep our culture no matter where we are. You don’t want to forget your roots, and we want people to know who we are.”

Since 2004, Rocky Mountain Friends of Nepal (RMFN) has declared a Sunday in April each year as Nepal Day, when the community also celebrates the Nepal New Year. According to the lunar calendar used in the Himalayan nation, it’s year 2074.

The U.S. Census in 2010 recorded 2,751 Nepalese immigrants living in Colorado.

They came here, several local Nepalese Amercian said, because the mountains are a reminder of home and many people in the area have visited Nepal as tourists and appreciate their culture.

The annual Nepal Day Parade makes its way down the Pearl Street Mall on last Sunday.

For the younger generation, the parade is a way to connect to what’s often an unfamiliar country and way of life.

Kritika Ghimire, a 12-year-old from Boulder, left Nepal when she was 1 years old, returning for the first time in 2017.

“It was culture shock,” she said. “It was so different there.”

The parade, she added, is an opportunity to “represent our country.”

Activist Gyanendra Gadal, said he came to visit USA, then decided to stay.

Like many of the other Nepalese people who settled here, he said, he wanted a better future for himself and his family.

“Nepal is a third world country,” he said. “The better living standard here is the biggest driver.”

But his child who were born here, they also wants them to learn about their roots.

“Every chance, we get together for these holidays,” he said. “We want to instill in them that we are Nepali. Today, we are here to celebrate a little bit of Nepali pride.”

Most of the participants were wearing Nepali dress, Dhaka Topi, Daura Suruwal, Sari, Choli and others were dressed according to their tradition. (Photo: Courtesy: Shailsh Pokharel)

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