Oct. 22, 2013
Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121, email@example.com
UCO NEPALESE FESTIVAL TO FEATURE TRADITIONAL FOOD, MUSIC, DANCE
The University of Central Oklahoma Nepal Student Association invites the community to learn more about its culture at the event “Dashain-Tihar Mahotshav” at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Nigh University Center (NUC) Constitution Hall on Central’s campus. Attendees will experience traditional Nepalese music, dance, fashion and food. It is free and open to the public.
“Dashain-Tihar Mahotshav is a fun event – guests will get to experience the Nepalese culture, eat a delicious, authentic Nepalese dinner and see performances,” said Ojaswi Bhuju, public relations officer for the Nepal Student Association.
The event is a combination of two important Nepalese Hindu and Buddhist religious festivals, Dashain, a 15-day festival that is considered the most significant in Nepal, and Tihar, a five-day festival of lights that is typically held two weeks after Dashain.
Dashain celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and the days of the festival often include kite-flying, swings made from tall pieces of bamboo and blessings for children. Tihar celebrates animals, specifically the crow, dog and cow, as well as the relationships between brothers and sisters.
Nepalese students represent the fifth-highest enrollment of international students at Central. In all, students from eighty-six countries make up eight percent of Central’s overall student body.