NEPAL IN BRIEF
The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia and occupies an area of 56,136 square miles. Located between China and India, Nepal is known for its majestic Himalayas and is the home of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Nepal is also the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The national capital is Kathmandu.
Nepal has a population of over 26 million people. Despite its size Nepal is multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic country with rich diversity. Unity within Diversity is the national character of the country.
Nepal is a federal republic state and it has parliamentary system of governance. The President is the Head of the State and the Prime Minister is the Executive Head. Nepal was admitted to the United Nations in 1955.
NEPAL -UNITED STATES BILATERAL RELATIONS
The United States recognized Nepal in 1947 and the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1948. Bilateral relations are friendly and the US policy objectives toward Nepal center on helping it build a peaceful, prosperous and democratic society while Nepal policy objectives is to cooperate the US in maintaining peace and security around the globe. Nepal is one of the largest contributors of troops to international peacekeeping missions.
Nepal maintains an embassy in the United States at 2131 Leroy Place, NW, Washington, DC 20008 and The Office of the Consulate General in The City of New York at 216 E 49th Street 4th Floor, New York, NY 10017 .
NEPALIS IMMIGRANTS IN THE UNITED STATES
The first Nepalis to enter the United States were classified as "other Asian." Therefore, no immigration records are available about the Nepalis immigrants until 1975 when the Nepalis were classified as a separate group in the US immigration history. In 1975 it is recorded that 56 Nepalis immigrated to the United States. Today it is estimated that more than 300,000 Nepalis reside in various states of the United States, among which more than 60,000 population have been residing in and around New York Tri-State zone. Mostly Nepalese communities are found in large metropolitan areas such as New York City, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Gainesville, Florida, Portland, Oregon, Virginia, Baltimore, San Francisco and Los Angeles and in many more cities.
THE FIRST NEPAL DAY PARADE -2016 IN NEW YORK CITY
The first NEPAL DAY PARADE was hosted on May 22, 2016 in the City of New York. The New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm, a representative from the Senator Chuck Schumer’s Office, a representative from the Congressman Joseph Crowley’s Office, a representative from the Mayor’s Office and a representative from the Comptroller’s Office had attended the first Parade. The Parade was inaugurated by Her Excellency Hon’ble Sewa Lamsal, the Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations. The parade was routed through 29th Street Broadway to 18th Street Broadway Manhattan, New York City.
THE SECOND NEPAL DAY PARADE-2017
The second NEPAL DAY PARADE is scheduled for May 21, 2017 and it is observed in comemoration of the Buddha Jayanti and Republic Day of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The theme of the second parade is Walking Forward for Change in the Nepalis Diaspora. The elected officials of the New York City, Congressman and Senator are expected to walk in the second parade. Approximately 10,000 people are expected to participate in the second Nepal Day Parade 2017.
SECOND NEPAL DAY PARADE ROUTE AND TIME FOR 2017
The Parade formation shall take place between 38th Street and 37th Street in Madison Avenue after which the Parade shall head towards downtown through Madison Avenue and a closing ceremony with traditional music will be hosted between 25th Street and 24th Street in Madison Ave for 90 minutes. The Parade shall end at the 24th Street in Madison Avenue which also shall be considered as the dismissal location for the Parade. Thus, Nepal Day Parade 2017 will end.
The Parade formation shall begin at 12:00 noon on May 21, 2017 i.e. on Sunday. The Parade begins at 1:00 pm and ends at 5:00 pm.
MESSAGE FROM THE CONVENOR
It is my utmost pleasure to share with you the pride and honor of hosting the first and historical Nepal Day Parade 2016 by the Nepalese American communities in the City of New York. The Nepal Day Parade 2016 is celebrated to mark the Republic Day of The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in honor of the people of Nepal and our beloved brothers and sisters who have sacrificed their lives in the democratization process of the country for our glorious future. Therefore, it is our pride and our pleasure to celebrate this occasion together in due respect of these immortal men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the better future of our country. Hereof, I take this opportunity to request each one of you for your active and proud participation to celebrate this historical moment that we have been blessed to cherish.
The parade as this year is the beginning of the never ending process will reflect the identity of the Nepalese Americans among other communities in the United States. Approximately 2000 Nepalese Americans are expected to walk together at this parade which will depend on our individual commitments to express our solidarity for the enhancement of the future of our next generation. Through this parade each one of us are marking a history together for the change that the Nepalese Americans have been dreaming in this land of opportunity. So let’s walk together for the pride of Nepal and Nepalese Americans to make the change happen.
Let’s not miss it and let not others miss too.
In faith and solidarity,
Mangal Das Shrestha
Organizers of Nepal Day Parade 2017