Today on February 1, 2017, students in Nepal are celebrating Shree Panchasmi, the festival of the goddess of learning and education. Shree Panchami is also called Basanta Panchami or Saraswati Puja.
The festival is being celebrated across Nepal by worshipping the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, art, music and culture, Goddess Saraswati. The festival falls on the fifth day of the bright half of the Nepali month of Magh, every year.
Mainly the Hindu and Sikh communities of Nepal and eastern parts of India celebrate Saraswati Puja festival. In addition to worshiping Saraswati, the festival also symbolizes the start of the spring season in Nepal.
(Read more about 6 Seasons in Nepal)
(Saraswoti Art by Anannaya)
Every year, in October/November, people in Nepal and Nepali all over the world celebrate Tihar festival. This year, in 2016, the five-days-long festival Tihar was completed on November 1.
Some facts about Tihar festival
- Tihar is the second biggest festival in Nepal. (First biggest festival is Dashain.)
- Tihar is celebrated for 5 days.
- It is the festival of lights. Houses are decorated and lit with colourful lights.
- It is the festival of birds, animals and people. Nepali people worship crow, dog, cow and themselves on Mha Puja and brother/sisters on Bhai Tika.
- It is the festival of music and dance. People go to houses to sing and dance in Bhaili and Deusi songs. It is like trick-or-treating on Halloween in Western countries.
5 Days of Tihar
- Kaag Tihar (Crow’s Day)
- Kukur Tihar (Dog’s Day)
- Gai Tihar, Laxmi Puja, Deepawali (Cow’s Day)
- Govardan Puja, Mha Puja
- Bhai Tika
It is easier to learn Nepali numbers as both Nepali and English numbers are similar in appearance.
नेपाली र अंग्रेजी अंक (नम्बर) झन्डै झन्डै उस्तै हुन्छन ।
How to pronounce Nepali Numbers?
0 to 10
(Nepali Number) – (Nepali pronunciation) – (Number in Nepali words) – (equivalent English Number) – (English spelling)
- o – jiro – जिरो – 0 – Zero
- १ – ek – एक – 1 – One
- २ – dui – दुइ – 2 – Two
- ३ – teen – तीन – 3 – Three
- ४ – char – चार – 4 – Four
- ५ – panch – पाँच – 5 – Five
- ६ – chha – छ – 6 – Six
- ७ – saat – सात – 7 – Seven
- ८ – aath -आठ – 8 – Eight
- ९ – nau – नौ – 9 – Nine
- १o – dus – दश – 10 – Ten
This is a beautiful poem by the noted Nepali poet, Lekhnath Poudel. Lekhnath is known to compose well versed poems.
A rough translation of the poem:
All the mud and dirt has gone
Rain has got lost
Goddess is worshiped
and the shower of happiness
Everywhere, everybody says
Here comes Dashain, here comes Dashain
with this talk in town
all the problems are lost.
Every young and adult say
Dashain is very good
among all the festivals
this is the best of all.
Everybody is very happy
on the Dashain swing.
Everybody is wearing
a bright and happy face.
The new National Anthem of Nepal was adopted on August 3, 2007. The anthem is made on the lyrics written by Byakul Maila (Pradeep Kumar Rai) and music of Ambar Gurung.
Dashain is the biggest festival in Nepal. The school kids in Nepal get a month-long vacation during the festival. The government offices also close for a week during the festival.
In the festival, a typical nursery rhyme adults tell their kids is as follows :
Pinky finger (little finger) is very excited about the upcoming the Dashain festival. It says – “Dashain Aayo” (meaning “Dashain has come!”)
The ring finger is equally excited. Dashain means special foods and the new clothes, the parents buy for their kids. It says, “Khaula piula” (translates into – “will eat and drink.”)
The middle finger is not as optimistic as the little or the ring finger. The middle finger is a bit worried and expresses it’s doubt, “Kaha paula?” (meaning “Where shall I get them?” )
The index finger has the solution, “Chori lyaula.” (means, “will steal.”)
The thumb is shocked by the index finger’s decision to steal. The thumb says that it is not willing stay with the thief, “Dhat papi, chuttai basaulaa.” (meaning, “Oh sinner, I will stay away from you.”)
Nepali nursery rhyme of cat:
Myau myau biralo
yeta tira aau
Mero nana kati dine
musa sabai khau
karaiko bubu nakhau
ma bhokai hunchu
dhuru dhuru runchu
latta le hanchu
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The National flower of Nepal, Lali Gurash is one of the most beautiful species of Rhododendron. Found in hilly region of Nepal, it paints the hill red during the blooming season.
Apart from it’s beauty, the flower is edible and can be made into delicious juice, wine and pickles.
On his 34th birthday (June 2, 2014) noted writer Buddhi Sagar wrote the following article. The article written in simple Nepali is easy to read and understand. In this article he talks about how being a failure didn’t deter from what he loves most. He talks about how bad he was in his studies and how nobody understood him.
As a child, Buddhi Sagar wasn’t a good student. He talks about relativity. If we are happy, time lapses fast and when we are not happy of the surroundings time also slows down. Buddhi Sagar gives an example of a classroom. If the topic of the classroom is interesting we don’t realize how fast time pass, and if the topic of not that interesting it will take forever to complete the same topic. When the writer looks back to his life, he found that it was a life in the "classroom of the favorite topic".