Wedding and a Show

We always have plenty to celebrate here at Jhamtse Gatsal, and this weekend was no exception. The kids performed a remarkable program of dances to honor the visit of five special members of our community, whom we are lucky to have joining us for a few weeks from Jhamtse Canada, and to recognize especially the marriage of Adarsh Mehta and Jeff Jenner.

A local astrologer performed the wedding ceremony, and then the students blew us all away with a spectacular set of songs and dances.

The highlight of the musical program was undeniably the long-awaited Lion Dance, premiering the brand new costumes for which the eighth and ninth grade boys raised an astounding $6,000 through Kickstarter, with great thanks to your generosity. After each song the entire morning, all the young children gathered on the steps eagerly predicted, “Next Lion Dance?” and when Rinchen, Langa, Dorjee, Sangey, Dawa and Raju finally took to the stage, the performance was well worth the wait. The kids were thrilled and enthralled and the adults all speechlessly impressed. After the show, Raju came out to dance with the adoring and exuberant kindergarteners, still wearing his baby lion outfit.

The day was filled with much laughter, love, the fruits of remarkable hard work and dedication, and deep recognition of the fortitude and joy of our undeniable interdependence.

(…interdepenDANCE.)

With love and gratitude from all of us here for what your support has made possible in these last eight years,
Sandy
 

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Gombu Tsering waits for the ceremony to begin.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Andrea, Genla, and Sandy.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Big and baby siblings.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Krack Chung, assuming full stylishness.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Langa Tsering, in costume.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Tibetan teachers Gen Sangpo and Geshela.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Amalas Yangzom and Dorjee Lhamu.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Bride and groom, Adarsh and Jeff.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Taking the cake for most adorable guest of honor, Adarsh and Jeff’s attentive and inquisitive daughter Milan.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Parents of the bride, Aruna and Pankaj.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Local traditional astrologer, conducting the ceremony.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Class VIII and IX students performing traditional Tibetan dance.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Class VIII and IX students, traditional Tibetan dance.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Class VIII and IX girls, performing traditional Assamese dance.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Class II, III, and IV students take the stage.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Traditional Monpa dance by Classes VIII and IX.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Traditional Monpa dance by Classes VIII and IX.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Dorjee Chozom and Phurpa Lhamu pose in costume in a Tibetan song about diversity and unity.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Best friends Kangyur Sangpo and Raju Kumar.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Classes VIII and IX perform a Tibetan song about diversity and unity.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Lion dancers don their costumes backstage.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Lion dancers, getting ready to steal the show.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Traditional dance teacher extraordinaire Lham Dorjee helps Raju Kumar into the baby lion suit.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

The ever-talented Rinchen Tsering kicks off the long-awaited Lion Dance performance.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

The starving old man meets the snow lions.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Lion Dance.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Baby lion cuddles his resting parents.

Wedding Celebration and Lion Dance at Jhamtse Gatsal

Rinchen Tsering and Raju Kumar close the show.

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6 Responses to Wedding and a Show

  1. Eva says:

    It so beautyfull!

  2. WOW – the costumes look great and how wonderful to celebrate a wedding there!

  3. Jerry & Gaby says:

    Amazing, thank you so much Sandy, and congratulations to all. And how nice to be married multiple times to the same partner

    with love

  4. Laurel Lhowe says:

    Congratulations to the married couple…blessings forever! The costumes for dancing are gorgeous as are the talented performers. I hope to return someday. Love to all, Laurel

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  6. Momma Lamma says:

    wonderful and beautiful. Thank you for the words and all the wonderful pictures. The words are wonderful too.

    Love to all!

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