POKHARA: As many as 60 foreigners from 10 countries received ‘Bhaitika’ in Pokhara on the last day of the five-day Tihar festival, on Friday.
The programme organised by Western Hotel Association at Butterfly Child Care Centre in Pokhara Lakeside saw the foreigners receiving tika from Nepali sisters and brothers and celebrating the brother-sister relationship. The students at Rainbow Children Home offered ‘Bhaitika’ to the foreigners.
The programme included Deusi-Bhailo performance and a treat consisting of various delicacies including sel roti, a traditional Nepali food made from rice flour, in the shape of a ring.
The Association has been organising Bhaitika programme every year at Lakeside in Pokhara for 12 years with an objective to foster brotherhood and promote Nepali culture and traditions abroad, according to Association’s Pokhara Chapter President Bikal Tulachan. He shared that altogether 60 tourists from 10 countries received ‘Tika’ from Nepali sisters on the occasion while there were 35 tourists from 13 countries last year.
It has been noted that some of the foreigners were participating in the programme for the fourth time. Programme coordinator and Association’s Pokhara Chapter Treasurer Parvati Pandey expressed that the programme had become new package in the tourism sector.
The programme organised in cooperation with Hotel Landmark and Butterfly Lodge was promoted by Nepal Tourism Board.