March 30, 2022

A Losar Celebration

I always enjoy learning about other cultures and customs. Losar Tashi Delek is a Nepali phrase meaning blessings and prosperity for the New Year - this, the year of the water tiger 2149 according to the Tibetan lunar calendar.

The Sherpa members of my Bedford, New York farm staff, celebrate the Tibetan Losar. In Nepal, Sherpas are those who lead mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas. They are highly respected mountaineers, known for their physical strength, endurance and for their resilience to high altitude conditions. New York is home to a large community of Sherpas - in fact, my foreman, Chhiring, is the president of the Upstate Sherpa Community chapter in New York. Last weekend, the community gathered for a New Year's celebration filled with traditional foods, clothing, and dance.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

Here is a short clip showing Chhiring, Chhiring's wife Ang Pema, and Domi on the dance floor.