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Indra Jatra

admin September 25th, 2007

Indra Jatra Festival of Kathmandu valleyIndra Jatra - September 25, 2007
It is a well known fact that Hinduism and Buddhism are the two major religions of Nepal, each having it’s own rules and rituals. However, like most festivals of Nepal, both Hindus and Buddhist unite to celebrate the festival of Indra Jatra. This festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists with great enthusiasm. It is also believed that Indra Jatra is a festival of classical dances. It is on this very day when one is able to observe numerous varieties of traditional dances. The festival is named after Lord Indra who is known as the god of rain and also as the king of heaven.

The festival of Indra Jatra continues for Continue Reading »

Colorless Teej – Pratichya Dulal

admin September 14th, 2007

Teej, Haritaalika celebrationI am not a great fan of the red color festival, Teej. Neither do I find the idea of remaining hungry without a drop of water on hot humid conditions in the least interesting. The only thing I liked about this festival was the get together of the women clad in red. A rare sight as the females in our society very seldom set aside time for themselves. But this year this aspect of the festival too failed to raise my spirits as an unhappy incident occurred.

It’s the look on my great aunt’s face on the day of the fasting. She too was fasting on that day. Despite her old age Continue Reading »

Teej (Haritaalika)

admin September 13th, 2007

Teej, HaritaalikaTeej - September 14, 2007
“Teej” is the fasting festival for women. It takes place in August or early September. The festival is a three-day long celebration that combines sumptuous feasts as well as rigid fasting. Through this religious fasting, hindu women pray for marital bliss, well being of their spouse and children and purification of their own body and soul.

Traditionally, the ritual of Teej is obligatory for all Hindu married women and girls who have reached puberty. Exception is made for the ones who are ill or physically unfit. In such circumstances a priest performs the rites. According to the holy books, the Goddess Parbati fasted and prayed fervently for the great Lord Shiva to become her spouse. Touched by her devotion, Continue Reading »

Gokarna Aunsi (Fathers’ Day)

admin September 11th, 2007

Fathers' DayFathers’ Day - September 11, 2007

The Nepali religion , tradition and culture holds a lot of reverence for a father . He is considered the pillar of strength , respect and support of a family. The most auspicious day to honour one’s father is Gokarna Aunsi . It falls on the dark fortnight in August or in early September.

A day when children show their gratitude and appreciation for his guidance and teachings in life. Sons and daughters, near or far, come with presents and confictions to spend the day with their fathers. Children spend their hoarded coins on Continue Reading »

Janai Purnima & Gai Jatra

admin August 28th, 2007

Janai Purnima & Gai JatraJanai Purnima
August 28, 2007 - Janai Purnima
Janai purnima, the full moon day in August every year, the day that our priests tie the sacred rakshya around our wrist is known as Sacred Thread Festival. On this day Hindu men, especially the Brahmans and Chettris perform their annual change of Janai. According to Hindu rules the cord must be changed without fail by a Brahman on this day.

On Janai Purnima, there is a big mela (religious fair) at Kumbeshwor lake in Lalitpur. Devotees come here to worship Lord Mahadev and to tie a knot around their wrists.

A legend in Nepal says that long ago a Continue Reading »

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