Category Archive: Announcements

Multicultural Festival 2019

Bring the family for an incredible day of fun, food, and entertainment as the University of Mary Washington presents its 2019 Multicultural Festival, rain or shine. Shop with hundreds of vendors from around the world, watch diverse music performances, eat delicious specialties, and participate in free workshops for all ages. Kids have a dedicated activity center, too! Utpalasia will be presenting a program of original fusion, classical Indian, and folk dance at 2:15 in Monroe Hall. We hope you’ll join us! The event runs from 10am to 5pm. Parking is free.

Spring Performances

Spring is a wonderful time to get motivated, energized, and ready to hit the outdoors and the warmer weather. Bring the family and enjoy performances and workshops in Kathak, Bollywood, and Himalayan folk dance at one of our many events. Next up – UMW’s Multicultural Festival on April 13. Mark your calendars now!

Holi Hai! Celebrate with Us!

Come and enjoy cultural performances, great food, stalls, and the beloved colored powder festival that follows Durga Temple’s Holi celebration on Saturday March 30 from 2-6 pm. See you there!

2019 Move Me Festival Is On!

Join us this coming Saturday, March 16, at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, VA for the 10th Annual Move Me Festival. The event is FREE and runs from 1 – 4 pm. See dancers from Utpalasia and India School perform Bollywood hits and classical Kathak dance. Bring the family and participate in our afternoon workshop to learn folk steps and Bollywood. Enjoy the Bowen McCauley Dance Company and a host of other local dance groups and artists. Get up, get out, get moving! Hope to see you there!

Science & Buddhism

There is a very engrossing article about how science can complement and enhance Buddhism. Founded about 20 years ago, the Sager Science Leadership Institute began to work with San Francisco’s Exploratorium and the National Writing Project to bring to life the Dalai Lama’s conviction that “all avenues of inquiry – scientific as well as spiritual – must be pursued in order to arrive a complete picture of the truth.”

Monks were taught how to write about science, leadership, and for enjoyment in monastic centers in India. They would write about topics as diverse as personal preferences, recipes, scientific phenomena, and languages while also teaching others about Buddhism. A sense of community began to develop and this further expanded the program in new directions.

This past December Associate Professor of English, Jessica Early, along with other instructors from Arizona State University and the Central Arizona Writing Project, took her skills to Dzongkar Choede Monastery in southern India to conduct several workshops on how to write about science.

Eventually, the efforts of the monks will be collected and published in an anthology, which will be shared with other monasteries. To learn more about this extraordinary project, see the full article here: https://goo.gl/fuJemF

Photo: Jessica Early

Happy Tibetan New Year!

Joy, luck, and prosperity await us as we enter into Tibetan Losar and the Year of the Earth Pig.

Originally, Losar was a festival that celebrated the good fortune of a fruitful harvest, but over time, as Buddhism seeped into Tibetan culture, the holiday took on a different meaning.

Tibetans will celebrate Losar for two weeks starting on the first day of the lunisolar calendar (usually in February or March on our calendar). Chhaang – a smooth and subtle relative of beer – is made into changkol. People eat guthuk, special dumplings filled with tiny objects with different implications. They also eat khapse (recipe here: https://goo.gl/qPrrvF), a deep-fried sweet.

Losar is an opportunity for people to get together with friends and family in anticipation of what the New Year will bring and exchange greetings by saying, “Tashi Delek”, which means “Blessings and be well”.

Spring Forward!

Are you ready for Spring? Shape up now, enjoy later! Our Bollywood classes begin February 3 at 11 am at India School in Bethesda at Thomas Pyle Middle School (deets here: http://theindiaschool.com/)

Valentine’s Day

Need to find that unique piece for someone you love? Check out our shop at http://bit.ly/YakYakYakNepal and take advantage of our Valentine’s Day sale, which includes stunning vintage pieces, updated traditional styles, bold and chic eye-catching wearable art, and more!

Vintage Tibetan Sterling Silver Fish Earrings

Yak Yak Yak Nepal on Etsy

 

The holidays are just around the corner, and we hope you’ll visit our shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/YakYakYakNepal?ref=shop_sugg on Etsy to discover unusual and rare vintage finds in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, such as earrings, rings, cuffs, and more!  Our custom design series is a new expression of traditional styles worn in the Himalayas. Each piece is handmade and individual. We believe jewelry is never just jewelry, but wearable art with a meaning. Find that special piece for someone you love – or for yourself. Happy shopping!

We Love Yaks!! Yak Drive to Mountain Pastures with Mountaineer Legend Reinhold Messner on June 28

Come join this awesome event as mountaineer legend, #ReinholdMessner, leads a #yak drive to mountain pastures in #Sulden (Solda) in South Tyrol, Italy on June 28. Groups can meet up at the cable car in Sulden and enjoy this free event, which also features a mountain talk followed by an autograph signing for guests of the MMM (#MessnerMountainMuseum) at Ortles (with admission). For more info on the six Messner Museums, visit http://www.messner-mountain-museum.it/en/