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.
The Bhutanese Community In Syracuse (BCS), Inc. organized a get together for its community members with the intention of educating them on the voting procedure in the upcoming presidential election on November 8th.
The event entitled “Let’s Vote This Year” was organized at the office of BCS on October 22 at 2pm. According to the BCS board of directors, around thirty five new Americans took part in the discussion. The event was very successful as the participants got chance to learn ins and outs of the voting.
Dustin Czarny, one of the commissioners of the election from Onondaga County Board Of Elections gave the overview of the voting system in New York.
Shiva Adhikari who will be voting for the first time in the US election found the interaction program very useful.
“I had not known what the ballot would look like. Now, I know what the ballot looks like, how to cast a vote in a correct way and what to expect on the voting day. I can even bring someone with me if I have a language issue”, says Mr. Adhikari who is one of the new Americans that never went to school in Bhutan but learnt English, Civics and the US History at the BCS center and got through the naturalization test at the first place.
Coinciding with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month-October, BCS also did a small presentation on the Breast Cancer immediately after the voting awareness session. Bikash Regmi, a registered nurse with an experience of working at the oncology department highlighted the importance of early mammogram for the diagnosis of breast cancer, explanation of a chemotherapy and other breast cancer related topics among many.
Dr. Kamal Gautam who was supposed to be one of the presenters could not make it to the event due to the conflict in his schedule in the last minute.
“I think we need to organize many such events for our community members. I have found that the education is needed in other areas of health like diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary and overall personal hygiene”, added Mr. Regmi that the participants were surprised to hear that even the males could have the breast cancer.