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Nirbuni for my nephew (second birthday)

I swear it feels like yesterday that I told you I had a new man in my life (my li’l nephew) and gosh it has been two years now. Even though he was born in 18 July, we celebrated his birthday on 26th of July which was determined by his birth chart and our own Nepali calendar.

Since his birth, he has given joy to everyone including his parents, us, my parents and my sister in law’s parents. When he was visiting last month to Nepal, he was the apple of the eye and was spoiled rotten by everyone.

Strangely, for reasons unknown and out of traditions handed down from generation to generation, the first birthday of a child is not celebrated by Newars. When a child is born, he will have chhaiti, nawaran then pasni. After pasni, the big celebration is second birthday, which is known as Nirbuni in Newari.

According to tradition, we make Yomari every even birthday (2, 4, 6, 8, 12) until a child turns 12. Yomari is a delicacy of the Newars. It consists of an external covering of rice-flour and an inner content of sweet substances such as chaku (Molasses).

yomari

During Nirbuni, a big puja is performed and the child is given a garland made out of two yomaris. The child is also given tika and sagun and prayed to ward off evil spirits from the child’s body. If we were in Nepal, relatives would come along with gifts and sweets for the kid. Therefore, this birthday was a big deal for us.

We started Saturday making yomari and sagun. With the help of our cousin it was done and then the puja started. My nephew was good during the puja as he sat on his dad’s lap while I perform the puja.

Nirbuni  (12)I am not expert on performing the puja but this is what I did.

  • First I gave Nasala, a few drops of water, in the palm of the right hand of my nephew to sprinkle some into his mouth and the rest over his body for purification.
  • Then I put tika on Lord Ganesh with water, rice, flowers, and vermilion powder as well as a plate of sagun in front of him.
  • Then I gave water, rice, flowers, and vermilion powder to my nephew to worship the Lord Ganesh and also to all the God and Goddess by throwing the rice towards the ceiling.
  • Then I placed tika on his forehead and put a flower on his head.

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  • Then I placed the Yomari mala followed by flower mala.

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  • After that I put bits of rice, radish, coins, cucumber in a small container and poured them on his head. This is believed to take all the evil spirits away from him. I did this three times.

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  • Then,I gave Sagun to him. For Sagun, you put a plate of egg, bara (lentil cake), meat (chicken), a piece of giner and fish in the right hand and yogurt in the left hand.

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  • Once the process is finished with my nephew, I gave tika to the rest of the family, followed by sagun.

My parents and my SIL’s parents were on skype watching the ceremony. They were happy to watch all the ceremony even though they are so far away.

I also took tray of fruits, biscuits and a three piece suit for him as a birthday gift.

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He looked really adorable in the suit.

Nirbuni  (5)Then there was a party in the evening. I did the decoration and was happy with the result. It was a fun party with lots of kids.

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The house was chaotic in a good way for the rest of the evening where kids ran, laughed , danced and played.

Nirbuni  (3) Nirbuni  (2)We had a nice cake for him and the food was catered so everyone enjoyed the day. It was such a fun day and the little man was very happy with all the attention and gifts.

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On Sunday, I baked cupcakes for him to take to his childcare to celebrate his birthday. The childcare request simple individual cupcakes so I baked them myself.

Nirbuni  (6) Nirbuni  (4)Overall, it was a great nirbuni celebration for my nephew.

Wishing little man all the happiness of this world.

Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Varsha Thapa: First international fashion model from Nepal

It is always great to report success of people from Nepal. Today I am introducing Varsha Thapa, a beauty with long cascading dark hair, enviable skin and exotic features who became the first ever Nepali to walk the New York Fashion Week in 2011.

Varsha Thapa - Photo - Fashion Model

She’s been recognized as one of Nepal’s first supermodels and she is represented by Wilhelmina Model Agency. She is the first and only Nepali model to be represented by a major agency in America. She made her runway debut in Spring/Summer 2012 during New York Fashion Week walking in 10 shows including Prabal Gurung, Phillip Lim and Many Coon.

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Varsha Thapa - Photo - Fashion Model

Varsha’s dream is to walk for Roberto Cavalli, be the face of Calvin Klein and to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

Here are her details

Hair color: Dark brown

Eye color: Brown

Place of birth: Nepal

Date of Birth: Dec 16, 1990

Height: 5’10”; 178cm

Measurements: (US) 32-23.5-34; (EU) 82-62-86

Dress size: (US) 2-4; (EU) 32-34

Shoe size: (US) 8; (EU) 38.5; (UK) 5.5

Varsha Thapa - Photo - Fashion Model

Varsha is a graduate of Hospitality Management but decided to become a model because of her passion for modelling. Since having arrived in New York, Varsha has been mentored by her scout, Roman Young. “He has helped me with everything from my walk to advising me on what to wear when I go for casting calls,” Varsha said.

Varsha Thapa - Photo - Fashion Model

Varsha has been adjusting really well in New York as, on a single day, Varsha had casting calls scheduled with 19 designers. Impressively, she made it to 18 of them. The gruelling nature of the industry is the norm, especially for Fashion Week. But Varsha has also been sent to casting calls at some of the industry’s biggest names like Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, an indication of where her agency thinks her potential lies and looks fit.

Varsha Thapa - Photo - Fashion Model

She has done shows like – Spring/Summer 2012 {3.1 Phillip Lim, Creatures of the Wind, L’Wren Scott, Mandy Coon, Patrik Ervell, Prabal Gurung, St. John, Suno, Suzanne Rae}, Autumn/Winter 2012 {Bibhu Mohapatra, Dennis Basso, Libertine, Miguel Adrover, Tracy Reese}.

Varsha Thapa - Photo - Fashion Model

She was also featured in Navayaata magazine in Nepal as well as Rouge Magazine in China.

Here is her interview with Women’s Wear Daily (WWD)

 WWD: It’s getting late in Paris — are you heading to bed soon?

Varsha Thapa: I just got to another job now, for Moda Operandi. We’re shooting Christopher Kane, I think. This is my first time working with them. I came from a fitting at Vivienne Westwood. I tried on like eight outfits. The shoes were crazy. Vivienne alwaysFXFLd7IfrZi45yu.ZOi3sc6D2CbHo_hmried were in a heart shape, with block heels. They were kind of hard to walk in, and I had to walk maybe twelve times.

WWD: Before we talk about Paris, how was New York Fashion Week?

V.T.: Great. I did Kimberly Ovitz, which was really fun. I like her clothes a lot. It was really artistic. Generally, she does like black stuff, but this time she included colour. She had these leather pants that were really cool. They were like painted gold or something. They were amazing.

 WWD: Did any other shows stand out?

V.T.: I did Bibhu Mohapatra, and I really like his clothes a lot. That show had crazy hair. First there were braids, then they had to back-comb everything. There were a lot of things going on. It was painful, but it was only for a little bit, so I was fine. There was a bun and on top of that, there was a lot of crimping. There were a lot of clips in my hair. It took a while to take them out. I slept on the pins and the next day, I was like, “What is this in my hair?”

 WWD: What are your thoughts on Paris so far?

V.T.: The amazing thing about Paris is there are so many patisseries here. You don’t really have to think about what to get — there are so many amazing choices. In New York, you don’t have that. Either you go to Starbucks or some other chain. There is this place near my hotel, and I know it’s not the healthiest, but it’s so good. Every morning, I’m so tempted to go there and get a croissant. They have different types of croissants, a healthy kind and a regular. I get the healthy kind, but sometimes I sneak and get the regular.

 WWD: Have you gotten to do any tourist-y activities?

V.T.: No, and this is my first time ever going to Paris. Thankfully, I’m here until March 20th. I’m going to go to the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées. I want to explore Paris, which I haven’t been able to. Since the moment I got here, I started working.

WWD: Do you know what shows you’ll be doing?

V.T.: It’s all to be determined. You never know until you are confirmed. It’s very iffy. I’m not sure if I’m going to do anything, or if I’ll book a show after the fitting. But, the castings are still happening, the fittings are still happening and the options are still there.

 WWD: Do you ever get disappointed when you don’t book a job?

V.T.: Yes. Just a few days ago, after a casting, I got sent directly to a fitting because the designers liked me a lot. I was there waiting for four hours, so I had to miss two really good castings. Then, after the fitting, I was cancelled from the show. That was a really big disappointment, but it’s all right. It happens every season to every girl.

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