Pokhara lakeside came alive for the 17th Pokhara Street Festival. Restaurants and bars sprawled out into the streets and the main strip was decorated with prayer flags and seasons greetings.
We arrived on Sunday afternoon to set up our stall representing Maya Universe Academy with the opportunity to sell the products made by parent volunteers including hand made notebooks from recycled copy books, bracelets, ear rings and postcards from Irie-I.
This was a perfect opportunity for Maya to reach out to Nepali and tourists visiting the festival as well as restaurantiers, entrepreneurs, media and government officials. Our stall was set up in Gaurighat, dam side, where we received incredible support from all the businesses and coordinators in that area. Hospitality was great and we really felt part of the festival. From sharing a drink, momo to playing tug of war and being interviewed in local media….
The opening rally was really interesting with hundreds of people participating from different organizations, ethnic groups and associations. There was a true sense of togetherness sharing this beautiful space in Pokhara, which was a breathe of fresh air following the crisis we are being faced with since the earthquake and border issues. There was a super celebratory mood on New Year’s Eve with various stages of live music, djs, dancing, eating, drinking … And it was especially nice to see many Nepali out that evening.