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… Continue reading Happy Tibetan New Year!

Happy Dashain 2017

A very Happy Dashain to all from everyone here at Utpalasia! Join us at Durga Temple in Fairfax Station on September 30 as we participate in the annual Dussehra Cultural Program. Students from some of our classes will be presenting two Bollywood items and a traditional Kathak religious piece from 5:00-6:00pm. More info: https://goo.gl/jpHoKD We… Continue reading Happy Dashain 2017

Bada Dashain Begins in Nepal – Happy Ghatasthapana!

  People are celebrating Ghatasthapana with the planting of barley, rice, wheat, and corn seeds in a clay pot as part of a puja, or offering, in their homes. Sprouted seedlings are called┬ájamara and will be offered as part of┬átika on Vijaya Dashami, or the main festival day, which occurs in ten days time. The… Continue reading Bada Dashain Begins in Nepal – Happy Ghatasthapana!

Happy International Interpreter & Translator Day!

What’s in a word? More than you think! Interpreters (spoken word) and translators (written word) are on the front lines of both hometown and international communication. Skilled wordsmiths with incredibly diverse backgrounds and specialties, they open up the world to new possibilities and greater understanding between people in business, government, academic institutions, sports, and virtually… Continue reading Happy International Interpreter & Translator Day!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a safe, bountiful, and happy Thanksgiving! From all of us at Utpalasia to you and your loved ones, thank you for your support and encouragement as we keep on sharing our Himalayan heritage through dance, music, and the arts.