Losar celebrated in America with fanfares
Nearly 15 hundred peoples have thronged to the Tsechen Kunchab Ling monastery in Walden to celebrate the Losar festival. The guests were greeted by the Sherpa girls attired in the traditional Sherpa dress-up along with the organizers. The Lhapso pooja was also performed in the monastery, which is one and half hour drive from the Newyork. The participants have exchanged wishes among each other on the occasion of the Losar celebration.
“The celebration has become an opportunity for me to meet and exchange wishes of the Losar to my friends and relatives whom I haven’t met for long time. I am really happy.” Pemba Sherpa, who is from Solukhumbu in Nepal, said. Like Pemba, there were many Nepalis to share similar emotions. Sherpa community in Newyork has been celebrating the Losar for past 15 years in various places.
“We have been organizing the celebration program here in the foreign land in order to protect our culture and to give the continuity of the traditional cultures by bringing the new generations,” organizer Ang Babu Sherpa said, “Though we celebrate the first and second days of the Losar in home in our own way, we celebrate the third day known as Lhapso collectively by exchanging wishes.”
The organizers put Chimar (special floors) in the shoulders of the guests of the program, a gesture of greetings, and also offered them the curd and Khapsa (traditional cuisine of Sherpa) . A tea reception program was also held during the program.