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Asar 15 : Centuries-old celebration

Over the years and generations, people have celebrated Asar 15 with special gusto. You have been celebrating too. But what is the importance of Asar 15? Why celebrate it? Many farmers live in the rural Nepal where there is no… Continue Reading →

Jya: Punhi | Palanti Punhi – Panauti Jatra – The Festival of Panauti

Panauti Jatra is the nine-day festival. It starts off on the 10th day of the bright fortnight of Jyestha (May-June) and ends on the 3rd day of the dark fortnight in Ashad (June-July). It is a combination of the palanquin… Continue Reading →

Sama Chakewa Festival – Epitomizing love and dedication among siblings

Sama-Chakewa festival that is considered as epitomizing love and dedication among siblings is commencing from today amidst the celebration of the Chhath festival in Mithila region of Tarai. It is customary to initiate Sama-Chakewa festival, popularly known as ‘Sama’, on… Continue Reading →

LOSAR ल्होसार – Festival of Fun and Cheerfulness

LOSAR ल्होसार  Lo means ‘year’ and sar means ‘new’. Losar is the New Year as celebrated by Buddhist communities in the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau. In the Nepal Himalayas, Tamang, Sherpa, Yolmo, Gurung, Bhotiya, Loba, Dolpopa, Mugumpa and many other… Continue Reading →

विवाह पञ्चमी – Bivah Panchami

Background Lord Janak, his daughter Sita, and their ancient Kingdom of Mithila, were all right here, within these borders, in the Tarai district of Dhanusa (Sanskrit for “bow”). The scene described above, happened in the uniquely constructed, mesmerizing temple, known… Continue Reading →

Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja is an age-old Hindu festival which is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God) and Chhathi Maiya, who is known to be the sister of Lord Surya. This festival is unique to the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar… Continue Reading →

Baghi

Also on the first day of Gunla in Lalitpur, the sacred early morning rally “Baghi” begins usually from 1:30 in the morning for 4 days. The 4 stupas surrounding Lalitpur namely Lagankhya Thur in Lagankhel, Pucha Thur in Pulchowk, Bagmati… Continue Reading →

Gunlā : गुंला

Gunlā (Nepal Bhasa: गुंला) (also spelt Gumlā) means tenth and ‘la’ means month. Meanwhile, ‘gun’ also means hill and ‘la’ means fair that indicates traveling uphill. Buddhists from the Newar community celebrates this month-long Gunla festival. Devotees mark the holy… Continue Reading →

Bhoto Dekhauney Jatra

Bhoto Jatra or Bhoto Dekhaauney Jatra is a Festival that is celebrated in Patan, while paying homage to the God of Rain , “Raato Machindranath”. The festival of Raato Machindranath is a month long festival while Bhoto dekhaauney Jatra happens in… Continue Reading →

Rato MachindranathJatra – Bunga Dyah Jatra

Bunga Dyah Jatra or the Jatra of Rato Machindranath is is one of the longest running Jatras in the country Nepal. This Jatra lasts for a whole month and the chariot that is built for this very Jatra is over… Continue Reading →

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