A Nepali Flag-Raising Ceremony in NJ

Mayor Steven Fulop (left) joined members of the Nepalese community in raising the flag of Nepal in Jersey City (Photo by Deepak Pariyar via Vishna News)

Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop hosted a Nepali flag-raising ceremony at City Hall on June 30. About 100 people attended the ceremony.

Both the U.S. national anthem and Nepalese national anthem were played while the flag was being raised. The Nepalese American Artists Association performed the U.S. national anthem while artist Milly Shrestha performed the latter.

The mayor’s office spent about two months preparing for the event, which was co-hosted by Jersey City Nepali community.

Mayor Fulop said that the ceremony was held in honor of Nepal and the Nepalese people. With this, Jersey City became the second U.S. city to have a Nepali flag-raising ceremony. According to Pradeep Pariyar Thapa, a Jersey City resident and editor-in-chief of USNepalOnline.com, the city of Philadelphia hosted a flag-raising ceremony in 2010.

Mayor Fulop also honored three Nepalese at the event: two attorneys, Khagendra G.C. and Keshab Raj Seadie, and a youth activist, Aishwarya Sharma.

Pushpa Raj Bhattarai, acting consul general of Nepal in New York, while addressing attendees at the event, said that the friendship between Nepal and the U.S. has strengthened the relationship between the citizens of both countries.

Mayor Fulop was given a statue of Lord Gautama Buddha and a khukuri, a Nepalese knife similar to a machete, as a token of love at the event. He was also invited to visit Nepal.

Some people showed their dissatisfaction with the event. They basically questioned the size of Nepal’s flag, which was smaller than the U.S. flag at the event.

Go to Pradeep Pariyar Thapa’s Facebook page for video of the flag-raising event.

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