Gathemangal or Ghantakarna 15th March 2019
Gathemangal is renowned, and it has an extraordinary implication to the Newari community of Nepal. It is also called Gathan-muga. During the period when the Newari population used to rely significantly on farming for a livelihood, they were very superstitious about their enemies would cast spells to destroy their crops. They would go to a soothsayer to ask him to ward off the evil spells. The people would be adviced to wear iron rings and to hammer iron nails into their door's lintol to drive away the evil spells. As time went on, the practice increased in popularity, and it was formed into a festival called Gathemangal.
Fagu Poornima 20th March 2019
One of the most exciting and popular festivals in the Indian Subcontinent. Holi marks the end of the winter season, and it is to rejoice the starting of the spring. It is a good time and season to celebrate. The participating people play with different colors. It is a ceremony which strengthens the bond of friendship and brotherhood amongst the people.
New Year 14th April 2019
The Nepalese calendar follows lunar months and solar sidereal year. The first month falls in mid-April. It is one of the biggest celebrations for the Nepalese. Though it is celebrated all over the country, the most significant celebrations are marked in Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees. The ceremony in Bhaktapur goes on for a week in the name of Bisket Jatra. A massive chariot of Bhairav, the fierce form of Lord Shiva is taken around by being pulled by thousands of people. This festival falls during the spring season; you can plan to visit Nepal and witness these celebrations t the same time.
Bisket Jatra (April)
Bisket Jatra is celebrated up to the 14th of April in Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur. People carry the sculpture of the almighty deity Bhairavnath all around Bhaktapur. The chariots of Lord Ganesh, Goddess Mahakali, and Maha Laxmi are pulled next to the chariot of Bhairav. The locals come to seek blessings from the deities on these chariots. The people of Thimi partake in tongue piercing at Bode village to celebrate this festival.
Ram Navami 14th April 2019
Ram Navami is marked to honor the birth of Lord Ram, the legendary King of Ayodhya. He killed Ravan the demon king of Lanka to rescue his wife, Sita. This is another festival that is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil. The Hindus celebrate this festival in a great fervor by offering prayers and fruits in the temples dedicated to Ram.
Mother's day in Nepal falls on the new moon of mid-April. It is a day to honor mothers and shower with gifts of fruits, sweets, new clothes, jewelry and so forth. The gifts represent the affection of love for the mothers by her children to show how special she is to them. Those people whose mothers have passed away go to a river early in the morning to take a bath and pray for her soul.
Buddha Jayanti 18th May 2019
The ambassador of peace and non-violence was born, reached Arahant status and achieved Nirvana on the full moon of this month. Buddhists throughout the world celebrate this day by visiting monasteries, temple, giving alms, feeding monks, nuns and those less fortunate on this day. The Tibetan Buddhists polish statues of Buddha, carry religious scripture on their heads walk to religious monuments. The non-vegetarian try to be vegetarian on this day.
Tiji 30th May - 1st June 2019
The Highlanders of Upper Mustang celebrate Tiji as one of their grandest festivals. This three-day festival is also known as "The chasing of the Demons" and is the center of the Tiji myth. The word Tiji derives from the Tibetan words "Ten Che" Tempa Chirim" which means "The Hope of Buddhism to prevail in all the worlds along with prayer for peace." They tell the tale of a deity named Dorje Jono had to fight with his demon father "Tam Ru" who was a vicious being to save the Kingdom of Mustang from being destroyed. The demon wreaked destruction on the Kingdom by creating a drought. Water is a precious commodity in this arid landscape for sustenance. Dorje Jono not only defeats his demon father but also banishes him from the Kingdom of Mustang. This festival celebrates the reaffirmation of this myth. The story and events are enacted throughout this festival. The celebration is timed to coincide with the end of the dry winter and spring season while ushering a wet monsoon season.
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