Dear Community Members, Jwajalapa - Namaskar,
Nepa Pasa Pucha Amerikaye (NPPA) is pleased to announce that it will organize Sa Paru (Gai Jatra in Nepali, Cow Festival in English) festival every year in the United States in Gunlathwa Bhadra (August/September) month. One of NPPA’s objectives is to preserve and promote Newah culture in the United States. Participation in this festival is free.
The annual Summer Picnic organized by NPPA coincides with Sa Paru this year.
NPPA requests all the community members who lost their loved ones and would like to participate in Sa Paru festival, to please contact the Sa Paru Committee, which consists of following members:
Sa Paru literally means cow festival and it is one of the unique festivals celebrated mostly by Newars (but not limited to) of Kathmandu valley in Nepal. It is observed on the first lunar day of Gunlathwa Bhadra (August/September) month. This festival commenced in the medieval era as tantric ritual to pay homage to Yamaraj, the lord of death in Hinduism. However, in the current era, Sa Paru is observed in memory of and to celebrate the life of the departed family member.
Rallying a cow in the Sa Paru procession is considered holy. However, most of the families choose to dress male toddler as lord Krishna or sadhu/santa (saint), or dress young boys in traditional outfit with a headgear which depicts the head of a cow. NPPA will lend the headgear and jama for free of cost.
NPPA welcomes everybody, regardless of cast, creed, belief, and nationality to observe and/or participate in this festival. NPPA will also welcome any kind of sponsorship and donation to support this event.
Let’s strive together to preserve our culture.
NPPA Executive Committee
Nepa Pasa Pucha Amerikaye (NPPA)
Nepa Pasa Pucha Amerikaye (NPPA), established in 1991, is a Newah organization based in the metropolitan Washington, DC. The Nepa Pasa Pucha Corporation is a registered legal name of NPPA which is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization under the IRC Section 501(c)(3). Its primary mission is the preservation and promotion of Newah cultural heritage, traditions, and customs in the USA.