Events > Past > Fall 2004

November 14, 2004 — Bhutanese celebrate the 49th birthday of King Jigme Singye Wangchuk

The 49th birthday of Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck was celebrated at the Dhaka Club on Sunday, November 14th 2004. The celebration lasted from 6pm to 2am. It was a small gathering attended by the Bhutanese community and a few of their friends. The cultural itinerary for the night included Dzongkha, Hindi and Nepali songs and dances. A few party games were also on the agenda for the younger guests of the evening. The Ambassador of Bhutan to the United Nations was the Chief Guest for the evening. The cultural items ended at 11:30 pm after which the after party began and continued 'til 2am.

November 12, 2004 — Nepalese Political Leaders meet with N.Y. Nepalese

On November 12, 2004, Luxmi Pooja, a holy day for the Hindus of Nepal, the Nepalese Democratic Youth Council in the U.S. hosted a get together of three prominent political leaders from Nepal with the local Nepalese people. At a restaurant in Jackson Heights, Nepalese people were very happy to meet with Madhav Nepal, General Secretary of CPN (UML), Dr. Narayan Khadka, Former Vice Chairman National Planning Commision (Nepali Congress Democrat) and Mohan Bahadur Basnet, Former State Minister, Health (Nepali Congress Democrat). They were also joined by Hon. Sharada Prasad Pandit, Nepalese Supreme Court Justice and His Excellency Murari Raj Sharma. Ananda Bista, Nepalese Democratic Youth Council in the U.S., moderated the meeting where many questions were raised by the attendees.

November 7, 2004— Prayers for Long Life

On November 7, 2004, His Holiness Jadrul Sangay Rimpoche performed an “empowerment of Long Life” to some 500 attendees at Kasturi Country Club in Astoria, Queens. Prayers for the long life began at 10:00 in the morning. This event, organized by some Sherpas with others, as Jinkdaks or benefactors, was a whole day event with lunch and drinks served to all. At the end of the program, everyone received blessings from the Rimpoche and walked home with ‘Chok’ or offerings.

November 7, 2004 — New York Annual Marathon

The New York marathon was held on November 7th. More than 35,000 people participated this event. People were running for different goals. Some were there to win, some to complete, some for fun, some to attain their personal best, and some to raise awareness. Among them was Kelsang Dolma Dodin who was running for the awareness of Tibet and to raise funds for the Tibetan Foundation projects.

Running for Tibet: Kelsang Dolma Dodin Runs the New York City Marathon, Sonam G. Sherpa

Kelsang Dolma to Run NYC 2004 Marathon, Tsering Passang, London

October 18-24, 2004 — Tibetan Festival at Flushing

The festival of Tibetan Culture was held at the Flushing Library in Main Street between October 18-24, 2004. This was presented by the International Resource Center of the Queens Borough Public Library and the Office of Tibet. The highlight of the event was the sand mandala construction by the monks of the Namgyal monastery in Ithaca. Other events were hosted which included Tibetan music and song demonstrations, viewing of films and a panel discussion.

October 9, 2004 — Tibetan Youth Day

Credit: TYC NY/NJ

The regional Tibetan youth congress of NY and NJ organized a function to mark the 35th founding year of the Tibetan Youth Congress. It took place at the Armenian Church on the 9th of October 1004. The function started at around 12 noon and was followed by a dance party in the evening. Mr. Jigme Norbu, son of Taktser Rinpoche received the Rangzen award on his father’s behalf and Mr. Han Shan of Students for a free Tibet was presented a scarf as a token of appreciation. This was followed by the cultural performances, a short drama and the Tibetan idol’2004 song competition. A dance party followed the evening show. All in all a very well organized event. For more information check out: Tibetan Youth Congress of NY/NJ.

October 2004 — Byllakuppe Fund Raising Party

People from Byllakuppe organized a fund raising party at Kasturi Club. The ticket price was $20 and more than 300 people showed up at the event. It was a well-organized party, which went on till 2 am in the morning.

September 26, 2004 — Nepalese Political Leaders meet with N.Y. Nepalese

On their visit to the United Nations for various meetings, on September 26, 2004, Mr. Sunil Kumar Bhandari, Central Working Commitee member of the Nepali Congress party, Mr. Pradeep Nepal, Central Working Committee member and party spokesman of the CPN (UML) and Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, took some time out to meet with the local Nepalese in a restaurant in Manhattan. This meeting, organized by the Nepalese Democratic Youth Council in the U.S., was attended by some 70 New Yorker Nepalese. The leaders updated the participants with the grave situations in Nepal. In a question and answer series, many participants complained the Nepalese government’s handling of 12 Nepalese hostages slain in Iraq. Dr. Mahat assured the crowd that His Majesty’s government did everything they could to get the hostages released.

September 19, 2004 — Volleyball Tournament

Sherpa Kyidug; United Sherpa Association held their annual volleyball tournament on September 19, 2004. This event was held at the Vernon Boulevard Park at Long Island City. Numerous teams participated for this tournament, and the Astoria Team was crowned the champion this year, returning the favor this time to last year’s winner of team from Baltimore, Maryland.

As the tournament continued at a grass court, Sherpas laid out delicious food brought from home nearby for all to savor. This was also a day of potluck picnic that was enjoyed by all. And what’s a picnic without some card playing, and smashing noise of Para Sho. Fun was had by all.

September 12, 2004 — 19th Annual International Cultures Parade

Credit: International Immigrants Fund

The Annual International Parade was held at Madison Avenue between 42nd and 26th Street on September 12 at 2:00 pm. New York is famous for its parades but this one is by far the most colorful and multi cultural parade that I have ever seen. More than 100 communities perform in this parade showcasing their heritage, costumes, and dances. The Tibetan women’s Association represented the Tibetan community of NY and NJ and a 100 and more Tibetans were present with their traditional dress. I urge the other communities to also attend this parade and showcase to the world what the Himalayan community is all about. For more information check out: International Immigrants Fund.

September 12, 2004 — Candlelight Vigil in Memory of 12 Nepalese Slain in Iraq

On September 12, 2004 on a calm Sunday evening, Sherpa Kyidug; United Sherpa association held a candle light vigil at Union Square in New York City. This event was held for the 12 Nepalese who were brutally slain in Iraq by an Islamist fundamentalist group Jaish Ansar Al-Sunna on September 1, 2004. Among some 100 Nepalese people and friends that attended the vigil, were also many Nepalese leaders from various organizations. His Excellency, Mr. Murari Raj Sharma, Ambassador from Nepal to the United Nations, thanked the Sherpa Kyidug for organizing this event and pleaded to the world community to prevent such slayings from being repeated. He also asked us not to look negatively at the Islam in general, as this was a crime committed by a certain terrorist group and not by Moslems. Mr. L.G. Khambache thanked all who participated and asked all to come together in events such as this when we see injustice being committed to our people.

A group of Sherpa lamas offered prayers for the departed souls with candles blazing on the sidewalk at the Union Square. Sherpas joined in chanting prayers taking the lead from the lamas. This vigil was followed up by a demonstration held by a group of Nepalese in front of the United Nations on a rainy Wednesday afternoon of September 8, 2004. Some fifty Nepalese were present to bring attention of the UN to these very inhuman and brutal killings of their fellow Nepalese.

September 4, 2004 — Tibetan Democracy Day

Credit: TYC NY/NJ

The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of NY and NJ observed the 44th anniversary on September 4, 2004 at Kasturi Country Club in Queens, NY. The chief guest was Mr. Tsewang Phuntshok, liaison officer for Latin America and Ven. Keutsang Jamphel Yeshi, a former political prisoner in Tibet was invited as the special guest. The Cholsum dance group and the Tibetan Sunday school of NY and NJ performed cultural programs. The trophies of the 6th Pawo Thupten Ngodup Memorial basketball tournament 2004 were presented to the winner and the runner up team. Medals for the runner up (New York Soccer team) in the west coast picnic were also presented. For more information check out: Tibetan Youth Congress of NY/NJ.