Charitable Giving: A Path to Maximize Tax Savings A Win-Win Situation

NECC is organizing a webinar on Charitable Giving. This webinar is solely for general information and educational purposes. Community members can maximize tax benefits with proper charitable giving strategies and planning. Our collective effort is to create win-win situations between community members as donors and NECC as a recipient. There are so many tax codes and incentives that are established by the US Congress to encourage charitable donations for community development. Please think about your questions or concerns, which we can discuss during our webinar. Please pass this information to your friends, relatives and family, who is eager to support and make a difference in our community at large.

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Maha Shivaratri

On the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivaratri, NECC cordially invites you and your family to join us in celebrating Maha Shivaratri on March 8, 2024, with great joy and devotion. According to the Hindu calendar, the festival is observed on the fourteenth day of the dark (waning) half of the lunar month of Phalguna or Magha. It commemorates the wedding of Shiva and Parvati, as well as the divine dance performed by Lord Shiva, known as the Tandava. NECC wishes you all a Happy Maha Shivaratri.

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Priest Welcome and Farewell

Nepal Education and Cultural Center (NECC) is organizing a “Priest Welcome and Farewell” event on February 11, 2024 and all community members are cordially invited to this event at NECC’s Pashupati-Buddha Mandir, Germantown, Maryland. Our current priest, Mr. Ramnath Koirala, will be bidding farewell as he embarks on a journey back to his homeland in Nepal to be with his family. A new priest Mr. Govinda Adhikari will be serving the community as the priest of Pashupati Buddha Mandir after priest Mr. Koirala’s departure.

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Saraswati Pooja Art Contest: Inspire, Share, Transform

On the auspicious occasion of Saraswati Pooja/Basanta Panchami, Nepal Education and Cultural Center (NECC) invites you to participate in our annual art contest, themed “Inspire, Share, Transform: Nurturing a Caring Society.” This year, we celebrate the profound impact of art in motivating individuals to share their experiences, values, and aspirations, fostering a community dedicated to compassion and care.

Contest Details:

  • Title: Inspire, Share, Transform: Nurturing a Caring Society
  • Due Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2024
  • Results Announcement: March 31, 2024
  • Prize Distribution: During the New Year/Holi Celebration event, echoing the joyous tradition from last year.

How to Participate: Express your creativity within the following categories – painting, drawing, photography, and poetry. All age groups are encouraged to submit their heartfelt creations, embracing the spirit of Saraswati Pooja and the values it represents.

Submission Guidelines:

Join Us in Cultivating a Caring Society: Art has the power to transcend boundaries, evoke emotions, and inspire change. Let your creativity become a catalyst for positive transformation in our community. We look forward to receiving your heartfelt expressions.

Results Announcement: Stay tuned for the exciting announcement of contest results on March 31, 2024. The winning entries will not only be recognized for their artistic merit but will also contribute to the collective vision of a more compassionate and caring society.

Join NECC in celebrating Saraswati Pooja with creativity, unity, and the shared spirit of transformation. Let’s inspire, share, and together, transform our community into a nurturing haven. 🎨🌟 #NECCArtContest #SaraswatiPooja #CaringSocietyTransformed

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Saraswati Pooja

NECC is excited to announce the celebration of Saraswati Pooja on February 14th!Join us in celebrating Basanta Panchami as Saraswati Pooja at the temple to seek blessings from Devi Saraswati, the deity of learning, music, and art.Save the date and grace us with your presence for this special occasion. We look forward to seeing you there! Warm wishes to all for a joyous Saraswati Pooja & Basanta Panchami!

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Swasthani Brata Katha

Swasthani Brata Katha is a Hindu epic originated from Nepal. It has a total of 31 chapters that describe the stories of Swasthani matha, a hindu deity known for miraculously granting wishes made in a solemn state by the pure.

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Kids Arts Contest

In observance of Saraswati Pooja 2024, the Nepal Education and Cultural Center (NECC), supported by Nepali Pathshala of Maryland, is delighted to announce an ART/POSTER COMPETITION for all kids and youth aged 5-18 years.

The submission deadline is February 29th, 2024!

This year’s theme is: β€œInspire, Share, Transform: Nurturing a Caring Society”

Submission Link:

Age Categories:

  • Ages 5 – 9 years old
  • Ages 10 – 18 years old


  • Artwork should align with the theme.
  • Include a 3-4 sentence short description conveying the message of your artwork/poster.
  • The artwork must be original.
  • Parental consent is required for submission.
  • Each participant is allowed only one entry.

Exciting prizes await, and winners will be announced on March 31, 2024!

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