Embassy of Nepal participated in the Fiesta Asia Street Festival organized by Asia Heritage Foundation. The main objective of the festival is to familiarize and make people experience the lively cultural heritage of Asian Community. The festival was organized in the Pennsylvania Avenue at theintersection of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th street in Washington DC. It was kick started at 10:00 am in the morning and lasted till 7:00 pm in the evening. Many organizations of Asian community in Washington DC participated in the festival. Nepal Embassy, through its stall, distributed tourism promotional materials to the visitors. Local Nepali businessmen and Nepali restaurant also had their stalls at the festival and displayed and sold variety of handicrafts, pashmina, handmade paper items and other popular products from Nepal. Similarly, Nepali restaurant served a variety of Nepali foods including chicken and vegetable momos at their stall.There was non-stop cultural show throughout the day. Embassy of Nepal, with the support from Nepali cultural groups, presented Maruni and Thali dance choreographed by Anupama Prasai. These dances were very much appreciated by the audience.Parade was the main attraction of the Festival this year. Embassy of Nepal and various community organizations namely America Nepal Society(ANS), Newa Pasha Pucha Americaya (NPPA), Newah Organization of America(NOA), Society of American Nepali Nurses(SANN) and American Nepal Women Association (ANWA) participated in the parade with their banners and colorful traditional dresses representing various ethnic groups of Nepal. Similarly, representatives from other Nepalese community organizations viz. Baltimore Association of Nepalese in America (BANA), Nepali American Society for Oppressed Community (NASO) and Nepal Journalist Association (NEJA) were also participated in the parade. Kumari chariot and Dhimey Baja were also main attractions of the parade and admired by onlookers. NPPA was selected as the third runner up for the best performance in the parade by the organizers. Despite an unfavorable weather in Washington DC, a large number of visitors observed the street festival. According to the organizers at least 15,000 people visited the festival today.
Embassy of Nepal
May 18, 2013