Bhutanese couple have spent a lifetime together

A Bhutanese couple in Blacktown may have discovered the secret of a long and happy marriage.

Tikaram Adhikari, 89, walked for seven days to marry Menuka, 83, at Dagapela, Bhutan, and they are still together after 72 years.

He was about 17 when he married 11-year-old Menuka whom he had never seen before.

‘‘It was an arranged marriage. We did it to please our parents,’’ he told the Sun through an interpreter.

‘‘I guess we got along because we learnt about ourselves by living together from a young age.’’

Mrs Menuka smiled and nodded her head in agreement.

When asked if they were still happy with each other, Mr Adhikari grinned.

He said they have five happy adult children living in America, Australia, Iraq and Nepal.

Residents can meet the couple when Bhutanese migrants entertain them at the Blacktown Seniors Multicultural Family Day Carnival on March 20.

They will join singers Damanta Dhungel, 80, Devika Kafby, 75, Tukula Dhimal, 77,  and Sabitra Dhamala, 65, and poet Devi Maya Bhandari at the Mt Druitt Hub from 10am to 2pm.

The carnival is organised by Blacktown SydWest Multicultural Services Inc to celebrate NSW Seniors Week.

It will bring together seniors from diverse backgrounds to showcase their diversity through cultural displays, entertainment and a traditional costume parade.

Association of Bhutanese in Australia, Sydney advisor Om Dhungel said they would sing happy songs about their community.

He said Mrs Bhandari, a popular poet in her community, would recite several of her poems written in Bhutan and in Sydney.

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