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The COSL team celebrating Tihar together

The COSL team celebrating Tihar together

The first Deusi-Bhailo program organized by the team of Shangri-Lost on the occasion of the auspicious festival of Tihar was a big success.  The team designed a Deusi recitation of Nepali folk dances and songs.  A Deusi recitation is, in essence, a narration of different mythological stories by a leader of a group in a catchy tune. During the Deusi recitation, team members clap their hands and repeat specific phrases after the leader to keep the message and tone of the recitation emphatic and interesting.

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The team practices their performance….

Tihar, also known commonly as Diwali, is a festival of light that is celebrated by Hindus all over the world.  However, not all Hindus celebrate Tihar in same way. This festival’s celebration varies greatly from culture to culture.  For instance, in Nepali culture, Tihar is observed for five days, and each day observes the existence and importance of different animals that are part of Nepali culture. On the fifth and final day, brothers and sisters build a strong bond of kinship by blessing one another.  They put a tika (blessing) of rainbow colors on each other’s foreheads, exchange gifts, and enjoy food together to mark this major festival.

COSL team members dance on Tihar

….and then dances for community members!

In Nepali culture, the third and fourth days are celebrated by both boys and girls performing Deusi. To preserve our beautiful culture and to pass it down to future generations, we decided to organize Deusi here in Pittsburgh. At the same time, we were able to raise funds for Children of Shangri-Lost and to teach the Nepali tradition of Deusi to the younger generation.  Shangri-Lost teamed up and provided entertainment and merriment for many Pittsburgh Nepali families during the festival of Tihar.

We’re already looking forward to next year!

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