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KATHMANDU — The traditional annual festival of Indrajatra is being observed today by worshipping the Devraj Indra, the God of rains and good harvest.

The eight-day long festival is celebrated especially in the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley, and Dhulikhel and Dolakha. The annual traditional festival begins on the Bhadra Shukla Chaturdansi of Nepali month, Bhadra.

A sacred wooden pole called Lingo with flags on its top is erected at Hanuman Dhoka, the historic place of Nepal, on the day the festival begins. During the festival, chariot processions and typical cultural songs and dances are performed.

The erected pole with flag is called ‘Indradhwojotthan’. On the bottom of the pole, Lord Bhairav is worshipped. The Indrajatra festival is taken as the celebration after conquering the enemies. It is believed that worship of Lord Indra gives one strength.

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The wooden pole is brought by performing tantric acts from a jungle of Nala in nearby Kavre district. The pole is made holy with various rituals at Bhotahiti, Kathmandu.

When the pole is erected, different cultural dances as Bhakkunach, Mahakalinach, Lakhenach, Dasavatarnach and Pulukisinach are performed in the city.

Today, the Head of the State, the President, observes the chariot processions of Shree Kumari, Shree Ganesh and Shree Bhairav at historic Hanumandhoka.

Kumari is worshiped as the Living Goddess by the President on the occasion, and prasad received.

The government has also announced a public holiday today in Kathmandu valley.

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Sonam Lhosar today

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KATHMANDU — Tamang community people across the country are celebrating Sonam Lhosar with fanfare by extending greetings to one another and feasting on traditional cuisines Thursday.

Nepal Tamang Ghedung Association is organizing special programs in Tundikhel today to mark the festival.

As per Manju Shree calender, Tamang people divide their year into 12 cycles and each is given a special name, before the name of animals.

Sonam Lhosar is being celebrated on the first day of the new moon in the month of Magh in the lunar calendar.

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The government has announced public holiday today to mark the Sonam Lhosar.

Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended best wishes to all Tamang sisters and brothers at home and abroad on the occasion of Sonam Lhosar, the greatest festival of the Tamang community.

In the Lhosar greetings delivered today, President Bhandari wished the people from Tamang community for their peace, happiness, prosperity, good health, fraternity and progress on the occasion of the festival.

“May this day inspire all Nepali citizens to maintain fraternity, mutual harmony, tolerance and goodwill and ultimately bring the country to prosperity by promoting cultural diversities and the specialty of the country at global arena,” the President said.

She further hoped that the festival will inspire all to join hands in the mega campaign of making prosperous Nepal.

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