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Holi – The Festival of Colour (Fagu 2019)

Holi is a festival of colors based on an ancient Hindu religious event. These days, it has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia and people of other communities outside Asia. In addition to India and Nepal, the festival is celebrated by Indian subcontinent diaspora in countries such as Jamaica, Suriname, Guyana,

Shiva Ratri – the night for God Shiva

Today, March 4, 2019 is Shiva Ratri in Nepal. Shiva Ratri or Mahashivaratri, is the day on which Shiva devotees stay up all night and light fire. They worship the god, eat delicacies related to the god and visit Shiva temples. In Kathmandu, Pashupati temple is flooded with devotees. On the day it usually rains.

Does Saraswati bring good grades in exams?

Almost all the schools in Nepal celebrate Saraswati Puja festival. Although the teachers are pretty excited to celebrate the festival, the little children, specially in lower grades are not aware of the reason the festival celebrated. Some don’t event know who Saraswati is. Some of them, who knew Saraswati was a goddess, thought worshiping the

Nepali words related to Kite in Dashain festival

It is Dashain time in Nepal. In Kathmandu valley, Dashain and Changa are synonymous. The common name Changa (चंगा) for the kites flown in Kathamandu literally means to be weightless, to be free in Nepali language. People also use the word when talking about feeling very relaxed and stress-free (kasto changa feel gariraheko chhu.) In

The meaning of Namaste

If you are wondering how to greet a Nepali – it is pretty easy. Use a common greeting word – Namaste (नमस्ते) or Namaskar (नमस्कार). The word is widely used in India (in Hindi language). In Nepal, ‘Namaskar’ is used widely. This word comes from sanskrit word, Namaskaram. Namaste (Namaskar) is a respectful form of

Teej, the festival of women in Nepal

There is a special festival for women in Nepal – Teej. The festival has been celebrated by the women by dancing and eating delicacies. On the festival unmarried women worship Lord Shiva in hopes to find a husband like the god himself. Married women celebrate to wish the health and the long life of their

Father’s Day in Nepal

The Father’s Day in Nepal is different from that in the Western World. The Nepali calender is Lunar calendar so, the festival doesn’t fall on the same day on the calendar. It is also called Kushe Aaunshi. The details of the festival is presented in the following video. On the Father’s Day people feed their

Happy Birthday Krishna

Today is Krishna Janmastami – the birthday of Lord Krishna. Krishna is a mythical character who is known as a multi-facade personality. A the character explained in Hindu epic ‘Mahabharat’ is a naughty child. He used to steal things from neighbors and steal milk and yogurt from his home and neighbors. He had a lovely

Rakshya Bandhan, Janai Purnima

On August 26, 2018 some people in Nepal wear ‘Janai’ – the sacred thread – hanging from the left shoulder. Other cut their hair and path to celebrate Janai Purnima or Rishi Tarpani or Raksha Bandhan. Most of the Hindu people wear a yellow thread – the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ thread – tied around the wrist