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.
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.
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!