Sisekwa Tangnam is a Limbu festival that occurs in the summer. It falls on the first day of the Sisekpa la, 7th month of the Yele Tangbe (Limbu/Kirat calender) or mid-July. Limbus believe that Sakchyong (the King of Hunger) enters people's homes and make them suffer from starvation. During this festival, Limbus perform rituals to chase away Sakchyong, thus getting rid of starvation.
YCAC members celebrate Sisekwa Tangnam and Yakwa Tangnam (Ubhauli) by organizing picnic trips in and around the city and enjoying the summer weather with friends and family.
YCAC hosts annual badminton tournaments every December to promote sportsmanship, competition and healthy living. Athletes from Nepalese communities in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge take part in the tournament. Winners collect their trophies and get recognized during the Chasok Tangnam event
YCAC holds monthly Kelang practices in an effort to preserve the Yakthung culture in Calgary. Kelang, or Chyabrung Nach is a drum dance unique to Limbu people which consists of intricate footwork synchronized to the beat of double-sided drums. This event is overseen by Kelang Coordinators, Mr. Birendra Mudensong Samba and Mr. Purna Tumbahangphe. Kelang practices are held at different venues for the time being until YCAC finds a suitable location for a permanent one.
YCAC members perform Kelang routines during weddings, festivals and Stampede Prelude Parade to showcase and share Limbu culture with other communities.
PRACTICE & PERFORMANCE
The event Balihang Tangnam is organized annually in memory of the ancient Yakthung (Kirant King Balihang for the protection, longevity and well-being of his subjects, the Yakthung people and the humankind. Balihang Tangnam is celebrated for 3 days during Tihar festival by playing either Namringek (play after sunset) or Laringek (play after sunrise) by a group of singers generally lead by a leader singer.
The play is concluded with blessings by the singers and host families donating some money, drinks and sel-roti (deep fried Nepalese doughnut) in exchange of the blessings that they received. As in the past, the event is organized and played in the households of the YCAC family members in various neighborhoods around the city to generate funds for our Chumlung.
Chasok Tangnam is the most important festival for Limbu communities around the world. Traditionally Chasok Tangnam is celebrated after the winter harvest and falls on the full moon in the month of December/Senchengla/Mangsir. Members of the Kirat communities offer prayers to Yuma Sammang and other deities for the successful harvest and exchange food and drinks with friends and family members to celebrate the occasion.
In Calgary, YCAC organizes Chasok Tangnam cultural programs around the 25th of December every year to celebrate this important festival. Limbus in Calgary perform rituals and cultural song and dance routines while enjoying the festivities with family and friends.
YCAC organizes yearly camping excursions for its members during summer months. We try to take full advantage of the beautiful nature that surrounds our city. Alberta offers some of the best camp grounds in all of Canada; providing us the opportunity to congregate and enjoy quality time with our loved ones.