By Suman Chhetri
Association of Bhutanese in Australia (ABA Sydney) organised Community Teej Puja and celebration in Blacktown on Sunday, 8 September. Most of the community members especially girls and women participated in the program which was coordinated by ABA Sydney women’s coordinator Damanta Kafley and active member Ambika Dhungyel.
Pandit Hari Har Acharya performed puja where he recited Haritalika Teej Katha in front of the mass of about 200 girls and women. Most of the participants who were fasting for the day were so excited at level of participation and fun that they had during the program.
This was one of the first Teej Puja organised by the ABA Sydney in community level. These sort of event gave positive vibes and empowerment to the Bhutanese women says one of the event coordinator Miss Ambika Dhungyel.
Young participant at the function Hemanta Acharya says it has influenced most of the youngsters to learn and preserve the cultural values for upcoming generations while senior member of the community Bhim Kumari Poudel expressed her positivity and hoped for similar community event in future.
The program ended with Teej dances and sangini from all age groups along with foods for all participants.