Nepal Day Celebrated in Dublin
29th September 2013. Nepalese community and friends of Nepal in Ireland, in co-ordination with Embassy of Nepal to the UK & Ireland, have jointly organized ‘Nepal Day’ in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland. There were more than 8000 visitors. This is the inaugural Nepal Day being held in Ireland to coincide with 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. The program was organized with the objective to promote Nepalese Culture and Nepal Tourism in Ireland.
The event comprised of different segments including photographic exhibition, mountaineering talks, cultural programmes, handcraft and Thanka stalls, Irish trekking stalls, henna and face painting stalls, food and other stalls. Nepalese living in Ireland were clad in their ethnic dresses and costumes which gave authentic representation of Nepalese culture in Ireland.
The cultural program was presented by Nepal Cultural Group Ireland. The local artists presented ethnic dances representing different parts of Nepal. The cultural program was co-ordinated by Dambar Singh and the dances were choreographed and architected by Ms. Prajaya Neupane.
The photographic exhibition was the most popular of all with people constantly pouring in throughout the day. At one point people had to queue to get in. More than 100 photographs, showing touristic and cultural sides of Nepal, were on display. The photographic exhibition was co-ordinated by Ms. Alison Irvin.
The mountaineering talk program was also oversubscribed with people needing to stand at the back to listen to Irish Mt. Everest Summiteers talk about their experiences of Mt. Everest ascent and their stay in Nepal. All of them highly recommended the audience to visit Nepal and were full of praise for the Nepalese people for their hospitality and how wonderful the country is. The speakers were Mr. Dawson Stelfox (First Irishman to climb Mt. Everest 20 years ago), Mr. Pat Falvey (motivational speaker and two times Mt. Everest summiteer and Cian Brolchain (Mt. Everest summiteer in 2012).