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Bisket Jatra begins in Tokha

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KATHMANDU — Bisket Jatra, an annual festival celebrated by the residents of Tokha in Bhaktapur, has begun today.

The four-day event that starts on the first four days of the Nepali New Year (Baisakh 1 to 4) sees a cart with god and goddess (Ganesha and Kumari) on top being pulled through the town. A wooden pole (Lingo) is erected near a Ganesh temple at Thanelachhi Chowk.

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Various deities are also worshipped throughout the festival. The festival has a historical root and begins with the motive to save local people of the area from evil spells cast by various forces during an ancient era, said Chairperson of the festival management committee Ganesh Man Shrestha.

Volunteers have been mobilised, and security has been tightened for the festival, he said. A fair has also been held in the area on the occasion.

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Mother’s Day being observed today

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KATHMANDU — ‘Aamaako Mukha Herne Dia’ or Mother’s Day also known as Matatirtha Aunsi, is being observed across the country on Monday.

Matatirtha Aunsi is marked as the Mother’s Day by Nepali Hindus on the new moon that falls in the month of Baisakh as per the lunar calendar and every year devotees throng the religious site — Matatirtha temple at Chandragiri Municipality in Kathmandu — for a holy dip and paying homage to the deities there.

People from the Valley and different parts of the country reached Mata Tirtha Pond, famous religious place on the western outskirts of Kathmandu to remember their deceased mothers.

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It is believed that those who take a holy bath in Mata Tirtha and offers tarpan today helps his/her mother get salvation and also bring prosperity in family.

There is a legend that a man who walked through Mata Tirtha saw his dead mother in the pond on the day of Mata Tirtha Aunsi and since then people started going in the place. It is also believed that people can see the reflection of their mother’s face in Matatirtha pond on this day.

Major places in the Kathmandu Valley witnessed increasing footfalls with people shopping for sweets, fruits and gifts to present to their mothers since this morning.

This day is celebrated to honor the mother and motherhood. On this day, people offer sweets, clothes, and other gift items to their mother.

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