I am wondering if we could create a small anarchic forum, that could be of use to us all on Festivals of Nepal.
There are a countless number of festivals, spread out across the Valley and country. Too many to keep track of.
Many we would like to visit and experience, but usually only know about it after the event.
So, I propose an idea, lets all work together, and use this forum page to post festivals that "WE" hear about.
A date, location and a paragraph on its purpose...That's enough I would think?
We can keep it up, so it can become an ever-expanding reference book to Nepal's confusing festival calendar, for us "ALL".
Come on guys, what you think: lets give it a go!
I'll go first...
July 15: Guru-purnima
This full moon, in the Hindu thinking, is a time to respect one's own guru or teacher. Children will be seen carrying gifts to school, for their enlightened elders. Holy men will be seen giving respect to different deities as well as their own guru on this day. It is an event celebrated all over the Hindu world, for the thinking is, that a guru is the next person in import after one's own parents.
Gatha - Muga (Ghantakarna) - 29 July
Ghanta-Munga festival is also called Gathemangal or Ghantakarna. At the time when local community used to rely heavily on agriculture for livelihood, they were very suprestitious about evil spirit spelling evilness onto their harvest. They consulted a famous Tantric to permanently ward off their fear. People were told to put on iron rings on fingers and hammer iron nails into door lintels to drive away evil spirit.
Nag Panchami - 4th August
Nagas (snake god) are worshiped during this festival. Nagas are worshiped for rain and water. Devotees put a picture of Nag high above their doorway and perform rituals. Offering in the form of food are left in the yards and paddies for snakes.
Gai Jatra - 14 August
The gai or cow is holy to Hindus as she represents Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. It is believed that she guides the souls of the deprated to the gates of the heaven. The festival is an occasion for satie, jokes and colorful processions. People who hace lost their family members take comfort in the fact that the holy cow has safely transported the departed souls on their afterlife journey. Children dressed up as cows, and Sadhu as well as other whimsical characters of all sorts fill the streets. Special issues of local magazines are circulated full of satire and jokes of reputed and famous people.
I participated in Tiji Festival 2011 in Upper Mustang. check my effort of putting festivals of Nepal together.
August 13, the full moon of Janai Purnima, will be the annual time for Brahmins, Chetri and Bahuns, wearers of their holy threads or Janai to be changed , it is an annual event.
The most auspicious thing "for all" at this time is to make a pilgrimage through the monsoon rains, to Gosaikund Lake, in the Langtang mountains 4,600m. It is a festival/pilgrimage that sees the true devout followers of Lord Shiva, to take on the Himalayas highest (and wettest) ascent, to recieve his blessings and bathe in the frigid waters.
Krishna Astami-21 August 2011
This is a time when people, in large numbers, go to give worship at the Krishna Temples around the country, to give there love to the most lovable man in te Hindu pantheon, who has 33,000 girlfriends and a wife (Radha).
In the kathmandu area, check out Durbar Square in Patan and Buddhanilkanta near Shivapuri National Park.
I really like this discussion, I come to know about some good festivals at Nepal. Nepal culture is enriched with festivals and historic aspects. I planing my next travel trip to Nepal for knowing about the culture and festivals. Trekking is also one of thing i like so also looking for hiking and trekking trip.
The Hamalayas are waiting for you guys..