Mother’s Day in Nepal

To respect and show love to the mother people in Nepal celebrate Mother’s day on the new moon day of Baisakh, the first month in Nepali calendar. The literal translation of Aamako Mukh Herne Din is “the day to see the mother’s face” is also known by the name Matatirtha Aunshi (मातातीर्थ औंशी).

Those who have mother go and meet them and offer foods and gifts. Those whose mothers have already died remember the mother and offer puja. Traditionally, a mother is considered ten times more respectable than a father.

On the day, there is a huge gathering of people in Matatirtha at the Western part of Kathmandu valley, to remember their mother. They bathe in the Matatirtha tap and also look in the Matatirtha pond to see their mother.

Mother’s Day story

Thousands of years ago (in Dwapar Yug) an orphan shepherd boy was eating his lunch beside the Matatirtha pond. He accidentally dropped a bread in the pond. When he tried to grab it, he saw his mother’s face on the reflection. After that, he started crying. By coincidence, the day was the new moon day of Baisakh. The mother’s image in the pond told the boy not to cry. She also told that he could meet her every year, on the same day. When other people in the village heard the story of the shepherd boy, they also rushed to the pond and saw the images of their mothers.

Although that was a fable and nobody sees an actual images in their mothers in the pond, thousands of people go to the place and pay respect to their mothers.

A statue of a woman named ‘Aama’ (mother) located at Matatirtha.

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