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 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In the past two years, my work in Nepal has expanded to the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation www.bomkarlsson.com and the Spinal Cord Injured Network Nepal. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in the north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. 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 2013-2014. 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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