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Meeting Friends from Nepal

Meeting Friends From Nepal

The Friends of Nepal group at the University of Wyoming helps Nepali students share their culture with the community.

By Micaela Myers

At the University of Wyoming, you’ll find students from 94 counties—more than 800 international students in all. Nearly 40 of those international students hail from Nepal. To meet other Nepali students and to share their culture with the community, they founded Friends of Nepal at UW (FNUW) in 2008.

FNUW holds two major events a year that are open to the public. Celebrate Nepal takes place each April for the Nepali new year. “We have been celebrating this event since 2009, and it is one of the biggest international events at UW,” says Roshan Bogati, president of FNUW. The 2014 event, funded by the Associated Students of UW (ASUW), featured cultural performances followed by Nepali cuisine and dancing. “Every year we have 400 to 450 people attend,” Bogati says.

In October, FNUW hosts a Dashain celebration. “We celebrate that every year on the third week in October so that Nepali people don’t feel like they’re away from home,” Bogati says. “We also invite other foreigners and Americans to every event. The celebration helps Nepali people stay together and also to show other people our culture. We’ll have around 200 people for that event—it’s the national festival of Nepal.”

As with the Celebrate Nepal event, the Dashain celebration includes cultural presentations and a meal. The 2014 Dashain celebration is scheduled for Oct. 4.

FNUW is also active in other university activities, such as intramural soccer.

Bogati is a finance major in the UW College of Business, set to graduate in the spring of 2015. He would like to see more Nepali students attend UW. “I think UW is cost effective, and the education is really good here,” he says. “I wanted to come to the United States for my education. UW gave me a good opportunity.”
Bogati plans to attend graduate school and hopes eventually to return to Nepal and start his own business.

To learn more about FNUW, click here. To view the many other recognized student organizations at UW, visit the organizations directory.

Friends of Nepal

Nepal Students Dancing in the Celebrate Nepal event
Friends of Nepal at UW holds two major events a year that are open to the public and include cultural presentations: Celebrate Nepal in April for the Nepali new year and Dashain in October.

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