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Mata Tirtha Ausi being observed today

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KATHMANDU — Nepalis both home and abroad are observing the Mata Tirtha Aunsi or the Mother’s Day by showing respect and reverence to their mothers by offering gifts and various delicacies.

The day falls on the New Moon Day in the Nepali Month of Baisakh according to the lunar calendar. Living mothers are offered gifts consisting of delicacies while ritual offerings are made in the name of the deceased.

Offsprings in return receive the blessings from their mothers who are highly placed by our holy scriptures, according to Prof Dr Ramchandra Gautam, Chairman of the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee.

“The Hindu holy scriptures narrates that the mothers are 10 times revered than fathers,” shared Prof Dr Gautam, further illustrating that the holy scriptures extol mothers and place them higher above father, ancestors and mentors.

Every year this day, a big religious fair takes place at Matatirtha, a place to the western part of Kathmandu. Although a Hindu tradition, Buddhists also flock here to perform ‘Shradda’ for their departed mothers.

Mothers apart, mother-in-law, female mentor and aunties are also presented gifts on this occasion.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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