Dear Members of Nepal Seattle Society (NSS):
As per NSS Executive Committee (EC) instructions, Election Sub-Committee hereby notifies the general information, election process and important dates to all NSS members who wish to participate in NSS's General Election 2013, as per NSS Constitution.
This election shall elect the Nepal Seattle Society Executive Members for the term of 2013-2015 and will be conducted according to the NSS Constitution (amended in 2012) and available at
EMPOWERING WOMEN: ARTISAN COOPERATIVES THAT TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES
June 12, 2013 – Oct. 27, 2013
One Moroccan artist teaches a village of women to read. An embroiderer from India takes out her first loan. A Hutu woman from war-torn Rwanda works with a Tutsi to make "peace" baskets. And a soup kitchen for AIDS orphans delivers meals because of a folk art cooperative's success in Swaziland.
From Africa to Asia to the Americas, female artisans are creating grassroots cooperatives to reach new markets, raise living standards, and transform lives.
Empowering Women provides an intimate view of the work of ten such enterprises in ten countries. This exhibition illustrates the power of grassroots collaborations to transform women's lives, through inspiring personal stories, stellar photographs and stunning examples of the cooperatives' handmade traditional arts.
NSS invites all its members to visit this exhibition, which showcases women artisans who transformed the communities in Nepal.
On behalf of Nepal Seattle Society (NSS), Executive team would like to take this opportunity to extend sincere thanks to all the volunteers, NSS members and guests who came to support at Nepal Festival and New Year 2070 B.S. Celebration at Egan Hall, Seattle, WA on April 13, 2013. We thank you for your support and making this event a grand success.
The committee extends countless thanks to individuals and organizations as follows:
More information about Bel Byah/Belbihah (Ihi):
The most peculiar ritual followed among Newar girl is Ihi (also ehee). Also known as bael byah, it is a symbolic marriage with a bael (Aegle mermalous) fruit. This ritual is done among the girl between the ages of four to eleven before reaching the period of puberty, where they are married to lord Shiva that the fruit is kept in his place. Newar community has invaded outside Nepal where the traditions are somewhat lost but still it is found in every newar house that the Bael byah have been made. This customary marriage is thought to be the most holy rituals in this noble clan. With this marriage to the immortal lord the newar girl will not follow widowhood when their husband passes away. It is believed that even remarriage can be done.
New Issue (Year 10, Issue 11) of NSS Newsletter "Lali Gurans" has been unveiled by senior lyricist, Mr. Kali Prasad Rijal, at 11th Northwest Nepalese Jamghat at Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah, WA on September 1, 2012. You may download and read the new issue of our newsletter here in our website. Also, you can read our previous issues from our Newsletter page.