Tsum valley festival

Being totally within the Buddhist Zone of Nepal, the tsum valley inhabitants participate in all the regular Buddhist festivities. Losar Buddha’s birthday, Guru Rinpoche’s birthday and the various cham dances. A celebration called panda occurs in the village of yarcho above chumling in February, while a version of mani similar to the one in samagaon, is celebrated in Ripchet village during April. Ngungne is widely celebrated across tsum in nile, chhule phurbe rachen mu and piren phu. The festivities of nara khangsar ladrang are held in chhokang paro and at the isolated cliff clinging monastery of chi phu.
All the main monasteries have a festival in the early monsoon called Gumba Dhupa chhe ji. The riotous Dharchyang hore races are held in upper tsum in late September into October.Around the same time is the Gumba Ngile Ladrang. Also in the autumn a celebration takes place at milarepa’s cave that is unique to the valley according to local homestay people. Nara jhong takes place at gonhgye monastery above chhule in late November. The twin villages of Ngakyu leru hold the Nga ladrang Nara December.
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Madhavnarayan temple in Sankhu

Devotees, including Nepali women observing a one-month fast in honour of Goddess Swasthani, throng the Madhavnarayan temple premises at Sankhu in Kathmandu on Sunday. The fast ends on Tuesday.

Today is Nepali festival Dashain Ghatasthapana begins

The Dashain festival starts from Thursday as Ghatasthpana is being experiential by sowing seeds of Jamara at home and temples. In Nepal Dashain the first day of the Hindu’s most festival, is devoted to the worship of Durga, the goddess of power.On the day, people clean up their houses early in the morning and prepare for Ghatasthapana which factually means the placing of the pot. Ghata means pot and Sthapana refers to placing. Hindu god Ganesh is also worshiped on the day and Kalasha (vessel full of holy water) and Diyo (oil-fed lamp) are placed before reading holy scriptures. Jamara includes seeds of barley, rice, corn and wheat which are planted on a leaf plate usually known as Tapari and Bohta.Jamara is kept as the blessing of Goddess Durga on the 10th day of Bijaya Dashami by Hindu Nepalis universal. Usually the head member of the family plants Jamara after purify himself/herself by taking a holy bath and wearing clean clothes.Devotees also visit various Shakti Piths (power centres) of Durga to receive her blessings. Guheshwori, Bhadrakali, Shobha Bhagawati, Mahangkal, Naradevi, Indrayani, Kalikasthan, Maiti Devi and Sankata are knows as shakti piths in Kathmandu Valley.Jamara is offered as blessings by elder to younger on the 10th day. The day is known as Tika. Offering of Tika and Jamara ritual continues for five days till Purnima. Some devotees fast for the wealth of family members.On the auspicious occasion of Ghatasthapana and till Navaratri (nine nights), people chant Bhajan (devotional songs) at home and in Shakti Piths.All nine nights are named according to Hindu scriptures and after the nine incarnation of Durga.

Nepali festival Gai Jatra Today

Nepali festival Gai Jatra Today
Also in Nepal this day is famous as a humor mocking day as well. The newspapers publish many scornful cartoons and statements denote mostly to the political figures of the country. This festival was started to be celebrated from the period of Pratap Malla's rule who is the builder of Rani Pokhari in Kathmandu. He organized this festival to make his Queen happy, who had lost her beloved younger son. The King required to show the Queen that she is not only the one who had lost her beloved son but there are many others like her.
Gai jatra


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