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.
Bhutan is a small country in South-East Asia. Bordered by China to the north and India to the south, east and west, Bhutan is one of the few countries that is still ruled by the king. Thimpu is the capital city of Bhutan. Bhutan is also popularly known as Druk Yul-Land of the Thunder Dragon.
Bhutan has total area of 46,500 square kilometer and around seven hundred thousand people live there. Bhutan has subtropical plains in the southern part whereas high himalayas in the north. There are many high mountains that have been sources of tourists attraction.
Dzongkha is an official language although majority of people speak Nepali. There are even smaller groups of people like Sarchhops who speak their own dialect. Drukpas are said to be the natives of Bhutan. Bhutanese follow Buddhism although many people still practice Hinduism. The Bhutanese men wear “gho” and the women wear “Kira” which are national dresses of Bhutan.
Ethnic Nepalis lived in Bhutan for more than four hundred years before being expelled in early 90s. Bhutan enacted one nation, one people policy that was further strengthened by Citizenship Act of 1985. As a result of this, people revolted against the absolute monarchy to safeguard rights of ethnic-Nepalis. There was a mass and peaceful movement launched by the ethnic-Nepalis in 1990 which did not yield any fruit. As analyzed by many, there was not a good leadership and many people were not aware of what was going on. That ended up turning hundreds of thousands of people into refugees.
Former king Jigme Singye Wangchhuk infamously introduced the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) to swindle international communities to make them believe the Bhutanese people are indeed happy. He also introduced democracy in Bhutan in 2008 although the country is still headed by his son and king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchhuk. There are two political parties in Bhutan. Tshering Tobgye is the current prime minister of Bhutan.
Bhutan has been a member of UN since 1971 and it also has the membership of SAARC.