Rajan Thapaliya, New York : Nepalese Diaspora in America, which gets heated every other week on different matters is focused this week on “Nepal Day Parade 2017.” On May 21, Sunday, Nepal Day Parade is being organized with an intent to promote the tourism and business industry that identifies with Nepal and its people. The Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio as a Chief Guest is scheduled to inaugurate this parade, Which is being held in Manhattan, New York. Nepalese staying in the area are requested to attend the function. It is expected that the event will remove all the doubts in the minds of people across the world.
Convener of Nepal Day Parade Mr. Mangal Das Shrestha, said “Are you ready to help us? We have continued our identity even in this country. We are divided into many castes and different regions but when the matter is about national integrity, we must come together. Our unity is the greatest resource we have.” Reiterated that although they had taken the leadership of conducting the parade, it would be conducted with co-operation of thousands of other Nepalese organizations existingthrough o
In order to conduct this parade that is happening for the second time, Nepalese across USA are enthused. A decade ago, we contemplated upon organizing “Nepal Day Parade 2017.” We couldn’t decide the date to hold an event in Manhattan then.
A multicultural and diverse city of New York holds parades of all different religious and cultural groups at different times. This is the first time Nepalese community is holding one of its own parade in this great city. New York Authorities have provided us permit of 4 hours for the event.
We have obtained a permit to conduct the parade across an area of 1 km (0.6 miles). This space is more than enough for us. Mid-Town, Manhattan, which is crowded with pedestrians throughout the week will hold our event presenting Nepalese community to the international community at the mid-day from 12 am to 4 pm. Only we can make the event a success or a dismal failure. This is not an event just connecting an individual, party or a group but the entire nation.
We can’t abandon those whom we had with us yesterday. We must bring divided opinions to a common table. Looking ahead, we shouldn’t forget those left behind. They also want to walk with us. They also want to work for the good of the country. They are eager than ever to display their flag embalmed with sun and moon across, Manhattan.
Some say, parade must be conducted while others refuse to support us. We can never become respectable citizens if we miss this opportunity to take our nation’s identity to the international stage. We have to stop playing dirty politics and start working for the welfare of our country. We do not need to be here in America if we want to play the dirty politics of Nepal. We have been here to learn and live a better life.
We must be ready to stand up against the challenges of the moment. Besides, we must be united amongst ourselves at any cost.
We must reiterate with all the music in us that earthquake hasn’t made us ugly, our mountains are still standing strong. We need to show to the world that Buddha still resounds in our hearts, that we are of different caste, creed and religion but united at heart. That Himal, Terai and Pahad