NYC’s Himalayan Community Rings in the Year of the Wood Dragon with Vibrant Traditions

The Tibetan Community Hall in Woodside, Queens, throbbed with vibrant colors and infectious joy last Saturday as the United Sherpa Association hosted its annual Losar party. Welcoming members and supporters from diverse backgrounds, the event seamlessly intertwined formal proceedings with captivating cultural performances, creating an unforgettable experience for all present.

A Blend of Formality and Tradition

Meticulously organized, the program unfolded in two parts. General Secretary Sang Dorje Sherpa led the formal segment, while Pasang Saldon Sherpa oversaw the cultural extravaganza. The venue buzzed with energy, reflecting the enthusiasm of the attendees.

Vice President Sangbu Sherpa offered a warm welcome, followed by President Temba Sherpa’s heartfelt thanks, setting the tone for celebration and appreciation. Venerable Urgen Tulku, Chief Guest Mr. Sonam Gyaljen Sherpa, President Temba Sherpa, and Chair of the Board of Trustees Mr. Lhakpa Rinji Sherpa ceremonially lit butter lamps, symbolizing auspicious beginnings. The Nepali and US national anthems resonated, echoing the Sherpa community’s dual heritage.

The Executive Committee President and Board of Trustees Chair honored individuals for their dedicated service, fostering pride and unity. Dignitaries, representatives, former presidents, and board members graced the occasion, including figures from the NYC Mayor’s Office and elected officials. Assembly Member Steven Raga pledged to commemorate Losar statewide, highlighting the event’s broader significance.

A Cultural Extravaganza

The cultural segment shone with captivating mixed ethnic dances choreographed by Mr. Vijay Nakarmi. Local and renowned artists like Sanu Sherpa, Wangdi Sherpa, James Comklin, Pasang Dolma Sherpa, and Shiva Pariyar enthralled the audience.

Traditional dances from Khumbu Pasang Lhamu and Ramechhap Kyidug showcased the rich tapestry of Sherpa culture, while the youthful energy of children artists added a heartwarming touch. As the night drew to a close, attendees danced to the DJ’s infectious beats, celebrating Losar well into the evening.

The annual Sherpa Losar party in Queens, New York, reaffirmed the strength of community bonds and cultural pride, leaving hearts full of joy and memories to cherish.

Celebration of Losar Draws Thousands to United Sherpa Association Monastery in Jackson Heights

Last week, thousands gathered at the United Sherpa Association monastery in Jackson Heights for a Losar steeped in spiritual significance. Renowned monks and lamas led the solemn Sang Serkim Puja, setting the tone for the day. Dignitaries, community leaders, and elected officials joined devotees in prayers for peace and well-being.

The somber atmosphere transformed into a vibrant spectacle as traditional lion dances and the rarely-seen Guru Dorje Drolo performance mesmerized the crowd. Children’s activities ensured that the younger generation engaged with their cultural heritage.

“It’s a blessing to be here on the first day of Losar and receive blessings from the monks,” shared Karma Tsering, echoing the sentiment of many who appreciated the chance to connect with their roots, witness unique traditions, and celebrate with loved ones.

The lively Shyabru step dance and a collective offering of throwing white flour into the sky, symbolizing world peace, beautifully concluded the formal program.