Nepalese Festivals Attracts Politician, community members
By: Krishna Sharma
Above: Andrew Hurst speaking before the Nepalese during their gathering to celebrate the great festivals of Dashain and Deepawali.
Springfield, VA -- Andrew Hurst, democratic nominee for the 11th congressional
district of Virginia, last Monday said that ‘limited amnesty’ should be offered
to illegal immigrants who have been living in the USA for a long period of time
and have been contributing for the economy of the nation.
Hurst, the practicing lawyer from Springfield who is running against Thomas Davis in the upcoming
November 7 elections, turned down the idea of fencing the border as a solution
to the immigration problem and said that the congress should crack down on the
illegal immigrants by other rational means.
support the path to citizenship that would involve possible fines, paying back
taxes and learning English before going to the ‘back’ of the immigration line,
behind those who are already in the process legally,” Hurst outlined.
“We want America to be a nation of true immigrants,” Hurst was speaking before a Nepali community in Springfield which had gathered to observe the Hindu
festivals of Dashain
Talking exclusively with Asian Fortune after the addressing
the gathering, Hurst said that he does not support a guest worker program.
“It has the potential to create a second class of citizens,” he stressed.
to how would he address the immigration issue, Hurst said that the first thing
they would do is secure the borders. “This administration and this
Republication Congress have been woefully inadequate in this area. I will work
to hire more border patrol agents and invest in new technologies – like
infrared cameras – that will make patrolling our border more efficient.
also need to crack down on the employers who hire and exploit undocumented
immigrants,” said Hurst.
Hurst supported the diversity visa lottery program with the
help of which US has been bringing in 50,000 people from across the globe. “I would
rather say I am willing to expand the number of immigrants allowed under the
Hurst lauded the role of Asian communities for helping
raise the economy of Northern
Virginia and hoped that the
communities would continue to do so. Northern Virginia
comes next to Texas when it comes to housing the immigrants from Asia.
Girish Pokharel of
Association of Nepalese in America said Hurst was a rising political leader from Northern Virginia with a vision for national and international political
and socio economic issues.
500 people of Nepali origin participated in the function which was followed by
Nepalese observe festivals of Dasain and Deepawali on the month of October every year to cherish the
victory of the good against the evil and the light against the darkness. On the
occasion, the Nepalese exchanged best wishes amongst each other and wished for
happy and prosperous life. There are approximately 25,000 Nepalese people
living around greater Washington DC area.
The festival of Dashain
falls between late September and early October. It is the longest and the most
auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar. The fifteen days of celebration occurs during the bright
lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon. Throughout the country the
in all her manifestations are worshiped
commemorates a great victory of the gods over the wicked demons. One of the
victory stories told is the Ramayana, where the lord Rama
after a big struggle slaughtered Ravana, the fiendish king of demons. It is said that lord Rama was successful in the battle only when goddess Durga was evoked.
The main celebration glorifies the triumph of good over evil and is symbolized
by goddess Durga
slaying the terrible demon Mahisasur, who terrorized the earth in the guise of a brutal
water buffalo. The first nine days signify the nine days of ferrous battle
between goddess Durga
and the demon Mahisasur.
The tenth day is the day when Mahisasur was slain and the last five days symbolize the
celebration of the victory with the blessing of the goddess. Dashain is
celebrated with great rejoice, and goddess Durga is worshiped as the divine
meanwhile, is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and
the lifting of spiritual darkness. The word 'Deepawali' literally means rows of lamps. A family
festival, it is celebrated for 20 days after Dashain, on the 13th day of the
dark fortnight of the month of Asvin (October-November)
Continuing the story of Rama, this festival commemorates
Lord Rama's return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his
14-year exile. Twinkling oil lamps light up every home and firework displays
are common all across the country. The Goddess Lakshmi (consort of Vishnu), who
is the symbol of wealth and prosperity, is also worshipped on this day.