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US-Nepal Relations Celebrated at Festival in Branford

On the Branford green on July 15, Connecticut Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz (far right) was among honored guests and hundreds of participants who came out to enjoy the Branford-based Society of Nepalese in America’s festival celebrating the 76th anniversary of US-Nepal Diplomatic Relations. Photo from Office of Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz/Facebook

On July 15, months of planning by the Branford-based Society of Nepalese in America brought hundreds to Branford for a festival celebrating the 76th anniversary of US-Nepal diplomatic relations.

Among the day’s honored guests, Connecticut Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Branford First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove and Branford State Representative Robin Comey joined the event’s morning kick-off cultural parade, which marched from Hammer Field to the Branford green.

The parade was led by a group playing Nepal’s five traditional musical instruments enacted during holy ceremonies and festivals. Participants included those dressed to represent iconic cultural and religious figures as well as many groups wearing garb representative of Nepal’s many different ethnicities.

The free festival took place from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm The full day celebrated Nepalese culture by presenting a glimpse of major and cultural events celebrated throughout Nepal, offerings from vendors including different types of Nepalese cuisines, handicrafts, monuments and other items; kids’ activities, and cultural performances of Nepalese music, songs and dances.

In addition, an afternoon diplomatic panel discussing US-Nepal relations was gathered in the auditorium of the James Blackstone Library. The panel was led by Bishnu Prasad Gautam, counsel general (acting) of the government of Nepal office of the Consulate General of Nepal (New York).

Gautam thanked Branford’s Ram Shrestha, a former president of the Society of Nepalese in America, and a member of the Branford Representative Town Meeting (D, District 4), for his efforts involved in helping to organize the day.

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