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Cultural event series launches with Nepali evening

10 October 2012

Group danceA big thank you to the dozens of people who braved the wet weather on Wednesday night to attend our Nepali cultural evening.

Guests were given a warm welcome as they came in from the rain. Nepali students daubed visitors’ foreheads with tikā (a red rice paste) and offered them home made savoury momos (steamed dumplings in wrappers) and lalmohan (fried doughnut balls in syrup). Guests mingled, met Pestalozzi students, listened to traditional stories, sampled chai (sweet spiced milky tea) and tried on traditional Nepali dress. Everyone then came together to watch a number of dance performances and listen to a humorous but informative presentation about Nepali culture. The night ended with a quiz, where many people learned more about Nepal – for instance, this relatively small country contains all but two of the world’s ecosystems (no desert or marine ecosystem) as well as most of the 10 highest mountains of the world!

Quiz time!The event was the first in a series of free cultural evenings that we will host over the coming months. Each evening will feature Pestalozzi students’ home cultures. Current Pestalozzi students come from economically disadvantaged areas in Belize, India, Nepal, the Tibetan communities in India, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They spend two years in the UK supported by a Pestalozzi educational scholarship and study for their International Baccalaureate diploma at Sussex Coast College in Hastings.

Victoria Wilson, Pestalozzi’s Student Programme Officer, declared the Nepali evening a success and is looking forward to welcoming even more guests to future events. "The Pestalozzi evenings are a wonderful opportunity for locals to learn about world cultures right here in Sedlescombe,” she said. "It’s also a good chance to meet our fantastically bright, passionate students.”

The next cultural evening will feature Zimbabwe, and will be held at Pestalozzi on Wednesday 28 November. Please contact Sarah on Sarah.Kadri@pestalozzi.org.uk or 01424 871927 for more information.


Chandan and foodPestalozzi's Nepali students
Pratiksha and SusmitaSushan dancing