Celebrating Pasni, and (western) Happy New Year

Shyam is the SIRC accountant.  Myself, along with about a dozen from work were invited to his daughter’s Pasni celebration.  Pasni celebrates the first time with which a baby takes solid foods.  Here in Nepal, that means rice.  An astrologer was consulted and 10.30am was the auspicious time with which his daughter would be given her first taste of rice.  Us folks from work were not there for that, but we did travel into Kathmandu later in the day and I was fortunate to get a lovely photo of the proud parents and the little baby dressed in traditional red velvet outfit with gold trim.

Proud parents & sleeping baby after a very long day of celebrating Pasni

Proud parents & sleeping baby after a very long day of celebrating Pasni

The poor little dear was snoozing while we were there, can you imagine being fed rice by over 100 people in one day!  We were then treated to a fabulous feast in a tent set up adjacent to their home.

Celebration Tent

Celebration Tent

The feast consisted of rice, naan, vegetable curry and chana with wilted greens and cauli with potato, and of course the very yummy tomato chutney.  I personally had no room left for dessert which was grated carrot, sugar with a type of ricotta cheese mixed in.  I had a spoonful to taste – delicious!  Once we were all fed and watered, we left the family to continue their celebrations and we took the long drive back to Banepa. It was really neat to be included in this celebration and experience day to day life in Nepal.  Thank you. And now that it is December 31st here in Nepal, I would like to wish everyone reading this good health, much happiness and tons of laughter for 2014.  Happy New Year!

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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6 Responses to Celebrating Pasni, and (western) Happy New Year

  1. Debra Walsh says:

    Kate! What a wonderful experience you’ve had to round off the year! As usual you have won the hearts of those you meet and they are happy to include you in their celebrations! I will be thinking of you at midnight and toasting to your further adventures! Ps my adventure is happening in -36C right now!
    Xox Deb

  2. jennifer carlington says:

    Happy new year Kate from us Carlingtons, wishing you an amazing 2014 ( don’t think there is any doubt about that happening !!) Take care, luv Jen,Phil,Emily

  3. Francesca de Bastiani says:

    Happy New Year Kate and all of your friends. it is so much fun to follow your adventures. Keep your stories coming! You are truly a wonderful human being. love Francesca and John

  4. bkmiec says:

    Yum!! and continued wishes for much Happiness this year!

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