Dear Nepalis and Friends in Minnesota and Beyond,
It is my immense pleasure to serve as the President of the Association of Nepalis in Minnesota (ANMN). We strive for preserving our cultures and strengthening bonds of friendship so that everyone can live a good life. Taking an opportunity of auspicious annual festival Dashain (“Mhening” in my native language), I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and best wishes to you all.
As I have lived, Mhening or Dashain is a festival that provides delicious foods, new clothes, and a lot of blessings. These things are relevant even today and I feel like I have Mhening every day! In general, Mhening brings joys, and helps to develop and strengthen friendly relationships among people of all background.
Having a few exposures, I have learned that “relationships” are very important for Native Americans. I would like to acknowledge that Minnesota is the land of Native Americans, mainly Dakota and Anishinaabe peoples. Your good relationships have allowed millions of immigrants and their descendants to live in Minnesota.
Nepalis are among the newest immigrants in Minnesota. Most of us are professionals or students to be professionals who are working hard to reignite economies, and to build inclusive and supportive communities. We need everyone’s cooperation in this journey.
We still have strong connections to Nepal, and we live out Nepali culture while we are learning American cultures and lifestyles. As a part of our culture, we would like to extend our friendly relationships to all Minnesotans and people living in other States and beyond the States
Asha Lal Tamang, PhD