People of Nepali origin living in Atlanta celebrated Dheusi (Dhey-oo-ci), a unique Nepali tradition where a group of singers and dancers — children adult, men, women — went from home to home (that invited the group) singing and dancing.
The families that invited the group offered them food and some cash amount. Before leaving each home, the Dheusi group gave blessings to the family with an emotional song.
Dheusi is a very popular tradition in Nepal. The colorful event follows one day after Diwali, the festival of lights.
“The Nepalese families in Atlanta have been keeping this tradition alive for the past five years now,” said one of the key organizers, Sanjeeb Sapkota. “The annual tradition is supported by the Nepalese Association of South east America (NASeA), that is headquarted here in Atlanta.”
NASeA is an umbrella organization that is made up of regional associations of the southeastern states of the US.
“Part of the funds collected will go towards running the Atlanta Nepali School where children learn to read, write and verbally communicate in Nepali” added Sapkota. The school also imparts cultural education.
“The rest of the funds go towards financing the social and cultural activities organized by the community in Atlanta,” said Saunak Ranjitkar, another Dheusi participant.
Sapkota said the Nepalese community was keen to collaborate with the Indian community for future cultural and social activities.