It’s been a while since my last posting, life takes hold and diverts me, but now I am back on track.
While others in the US and financial world were remembering their colleagues and loved ones on September 11, it was a day for celebration in Nepal.
Teej is a 3-day Hindu festival celebrated by Nepali women to ensure the well-being of their husband and family and a long and happy married life. It includes periods of fasting followed by delicious feasts, and it being Nepal, lots of singing, dancing and hilarity. All the women wear red and dress up to the nines. I think, but am not 100% sure, unmarried women celebrate Teej, hoping for a husband and a long and marriage – I guess I would fall into that category.
Celebrating Teej coincided with the opening of a new Pediatric Cabin at SIRC. SIRC normally do not take in children for rehabilitation but in many ways, the earthquakes turned everything up-side-down. There are now about eight children receiving medical care and rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries. Given their rehab will take 3+ months, Esha and team thought it important to create a environment that was fun, positive and uplifting to ensure these kids make a full recovery. They have lost so much afterall.
*Note: a Cabin is what we would know as a patient’s ward.
The following are some photos taken at SIRC, documenting the fun day they all enjoyed.
And then the dancing begins!!
Photo credits: SIRC