The Bhutanese Ethnic School and Seniors’ Program jointly held cultural programmes marking the 2557th birth anniversary of Lord Gautam Buddha in Adelaide of South Australia, Saturday.

The celebrations started with a Buddha mantra chanting and ritual performance, lightening of 108 candles by lama, Bhutanese seniors and guests followed by different cultural dances. Dances, songs, drama, and poem recitation were part of the celebration coordinated by Narad Dahal, Puja Gurung and other volunteers.

Bikash Dhamala presented a brief introduction of Lord Buddha, his teachings and, inspired everybody in the hall through well researched inspirational quotes. The Bhutanese Glowing Youth Club (BGYC) served audience with momo as a part of fund raising program of the school. Prakash Dhamala, principle of the school, moderated the programme attended by over 300 Bhutanese.

Speaking at the program Ms Mary Ceravolo, who coordinates Seniors Program, thanked the organiser for conducting such program and encouraged the Bhutanese to preserve and promote their culture.

Founded in April 17, 2012, the Bhutanese Ethnic School in Adelaide has been running Nepali language classes every Saturday for over 70 students under 18 years of age. The school is registered at Ethnic School Board of South Australia.

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