1209 N. IH 35 North, Exit 253 at Hwy 79,
Round Rock, TX 78664 US
Countdown to Nonbu
Why are we conducting a two days Pillayar Nonbu event?
For the past few Nonbus, participants had expressed a desire for more time for activities and socialize along with the Nonbu. Unfortunately the one night stay format was constraining in terms of time available for other activities. Since this year, Christmas has a long weekend with Monday Dec 26th, being a Federal holiday; we wanted to try out a two night format. We were able to find options that resulted in comparable cost structure as previous Nonbu events. Austin Nagarathars worked hard with planning on the venue and the cost, to change the format this year to allow more time for the religious event, cultural and educational events, socializing, networking and entertainment. The longer format allows more time for kid’s events, opportunities for Nagarathars to showcase their multifaceted talents and for youth to interact with one another, create a support group and form life-long friendships. Also we have rented the entire conference center with the ability to have two stages going on simultaneously. In addition to the main hall downstairs, youth will have their own separate stage upstairs with more freedom to organize and run a program themselves. There is no better way to pass on our heritage than by involving our youth at a formative stage in their lives. We welcome all of you to Austin to be a part of this event and contribute to its success.
What are the registration fees?
The fee is $160 for early bird and $185 for regular registration and includes accommodation and food for the two day – two night event. Early bird registration will be opened September 15th and be available till October 15th, after which regular registration will remain open till 2 days before the event. Please register early to get hotel rooms at the conference center venue and help the organization committees in planning the event. Later registrants will be accommodated at nearby hotels within five minutes driving distance.
Can we attend the Nonbu for just the evening or stay only for one night? If yes, is the registration fee prorated?
We have planned for a two day two night stay family event and hope that everyone is able to stay both nights and enjoy the entire event. We understand that the second night stay could be inconvenient for some people and some family members may have to leave due to other commitments. The cost structure of the venue and other logistics prevents us from being able to prorate the registration fees, which are only modestly higher than previous single day events. The religious events will conclude on the first day and we hope you can stay and enjoy the events on the second day.
Can we expect to have a two day Nonbu every 3 years in Austin henceforth?
The long weekend, the finances and the venue all came together to create an opportunity for this Nonbu in Austin. Austin Nagarathars believe that a two day event will have significant long term benefits for the South Central Nagarathar community. However we also realize it is a big undertaking and based on a review of this years’ experience, we will have to evaluate for the next time in Austin.
What is the agenda for two days?
We have planned a tentative full agenda for the two days and we will be reaching out on programming support to Dallas and Houston Nagarathars in the summer. The youth will be doing the same from their side. This is a great opportunity to showcase talent, celebrate our heritage and get connected with more South Central Nagarathar families at a personal level.
How can I help to make this event a success?
We would like everyone to have fun, socialize, relax and enjoy being a part of the events. We strongly encourage and welcome everyone’s participation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions related to adults, kids and youth programs and the respective coordinators will get back to you.