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.
I would like to extend my sincere note of thanks to former chairperson Kazi Gautam for his selfless service to the Bhutanese Community In Syracuse (BCS), Inc. He is the one of the few people that have worked tirelessly to bring the organization at this level.
As a new chairperson of BCS, I will put my every effort to give continuity to what my predecessors have started. I shall work hard every single day to drive our community in better direction. I am fully confident that during my term I will use my best capacity to preserve our core values, identity, culture and tradition. I have a conviction that BCS Inc. will be independent from all sorts of external interests and will not be driven by any other entities to fulfill their mission and objectives. I believe in unity, and commitment within ourselves to move further towards the betterment of the community. I always respect our community members’ expertise; and values, ideas, concerns and recommendations made by the BCS Board, BCS members and well-wishers are always welcome.
As the BCS chairperson, my priorities are to strengthen the community by bringing intellectuals and expertise from all ages and gender, creating platform for folks of younger generation to empower themselves, and working with females members of BCS to address their issues if any.
Importantly, giving a continuity to the ESL and Citizenship classes, Nepali classes for children, awareness in legal issues, YOGA classes, Youth sports activities like soccer and volleyball, and other activities such as cultural songs and dances, among many will always be on top priority.
I am sure that I will fit on all generations within BCS and beyond. I hope BCS team and members will cooperate with me to fulfill our mission. This will certainly prove BCS as one of the best communities in Syracuse and beyond in the history of resettlement.
Let us come together to build a strong community!