Women's Gathering Women love to gather, discuss and decide the skill development projects for themselves
Teej Celebration Taking a pose for a group picture after a celebration is what the women love most during Teej
Cultural Dance These little girls have begun to learn the charm of Nepali songs and dances
HS Graduates holding the certificate of recognition from BCS BCS issued the certificate of recognition to all the youths in syracuse who completed the HS degree.
Participating in a cultural event These young women are ever ready to rock the floor; songs and dances are always a part of every festivals.
World Refugee Day Celebration 2012 Culturally, Bhutanese-Nepalis are always eager to present themselves in the service of others regardless of whether they will be benefitted from it. In the WRD celebration 2011, hundreds of people were preparing and serving to the non-Bhutanese people different Nepali food items.
Bhutanese-Nepali women at ESL Classes Whether it is at the learning center or anywhere, Bhutanese-Nepalese women seem sharing the unique cultural aspects to the youngsters. They are having fun at the ESL center while playing Balan, a typical Nepali dance performed on special occasions.
A typical Hindu Marriage A bride cladded in typical Nepali Dress, red Sari and a tika-rice with curd in a fore head; also seen here is her groom with Nepali maalaa and dhaka topi
ESL participants ESL participants seem relaxed after learning almost 100 civic questions from their teachers. However, they are always eager to learn more, and never give up until they learn what they are supposed to.
A graduation day These young high school graduates had a long journey-the one that started in Bhutan, later in the refugee camp in Nepal and eventually in the USA. However, there is still a long way to go.
Older folks at ESL Class There is no age level for education. These old folks need to learn at least some civic questions-a path to the citizenship.
Learning English The path is difficult but not impossible. The more is learnt, better it would be. The goal is to learn and write in English.
Need of more English Many of the Bhutanese-Nepalis never had a formal education. Some even do know how to write one's name. These English classes would certainly help them at least learn basics-name, date of birth, address and contact phone numbers.
Religious performance Hindu priests perform religious activities on different occasions. Hindu culture is very reach in different rites and rituals. From the birth until death, Hindus perform different religious practices.
Rishi Panchami Women perform a group Snan (Holy Bath) on the occasion of Rishi Panchami. The women participate in Snan to show respect and gratitude to the deeds of those ancient Rishis who devoted their lives for the cause of society. Women believe that Snan will wash away their mistakes and ill performances.
A group Puja it is typical for different women to gather together and perform group puja for the well being of themselves, their husbands and other relatives. Priests read holy books and chant mantras for the betterment of women.
A Puja continues Bhutanese-Nepali women are very religious minded. They fast often and devote themselves to the service of gods and goddesses.
Offering prayers It is a cultural practice. Offering prayers to Gods and Goddesses is believed to protect people at difficult times.
Bhutanese Community In Syracuse (BCS), Inc., has partnered with Onondaga County Board Of Elections to organize a two hour long voting awareness session for its community members on Saturday, October 22 from 2pm.
According to the Board of Director of BCS, this get together entitled “Let’s Vote This Year” has been organized especially to the new citizens who are expected to vote in the presidential election in November. It has been learnt from the new citizens that they do not know how to cast the vote in a correct way. The event is expected to attract around 100 new citizens that have acquired the US citizenship through naturalization.
The experts from Onondaga County Board of Elections will teach the people about the voting procedures, rules and regulations, and answer any questions they may have.
Coinciding with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BCS has also planned discussions, question-answer and presentations on breast cancer awareness on the same day following the first program. Although this event is mostly focused on the women group of the community, it is open to the the males also.
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in females after skin cancer and the second most common cause of cancer related deaths in females worldwide. Nearly 40,000 females die of breast cancer yearly in the US. Early recognition and treatment of breast cancer is therefore very important to prevent premature deaths. Often, early breast cancer may not present with any symptoms and signs, and it may be too late when one finally sees the doctor. Therefore periodic medical exam and screening test especially mammograms are extremely important”, says Dr. Kamal Gautam, MD.
Dr. Gautam who is one of the presenters of the event belongs to the Bhutanese community as well, and will soon join Compassionate Family Medicine at 311 Green Street to provide medical care to the community. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Both events will take place at the office of Bhutanese Community In Syracuse at 710 Kirkpatrick St.