BHAKTAPUR — Locals of Madhyapur Thimi in Bhaktapur district have marked the Sindur Jatra festival on Sunday.
The festival is celebrated every year on second day of Nepali Baishakh month as part of Bisket Jatra observed by people from Newar community in the district.
During the festival, devotees gather and take out a procession carrying 32 chariots containing the idols of several gods and goddesses.
On the occasion, people smear each other with sindur (orange vermillion powder) and sing and dance to the tune of traditional music during the procession.
Meanwhile, Buddha Krishna Bagha Shrestha has pierced his tongue for the consecutive sixth time in front of a huge crowd of participants observing Bisket Jatra at Bode in Madhyapur Thimi.
Buddha Krishna, a local of Bode, got his tongue pierced at Bode Higher Secondary School near Layaku Chowk amid a rapturous applause this afternoon.
As per the tradition, only a male person belonging to the Shrestha clan and native of Bode is required to get his tongue pierced as part of the tongue-piercing ritual that is observed in Bode during Bisket Jatra. It is considered an expensive ritual for the person as he is required to organize the community feast himself bearing all the expenses.
The 45-year-old Buddha Krishna came forward to rescue the tradition after it appeared that the annual tongue-piercing ritual itself was on the verge of stopping for the person who had been continuing this tradition.
President extends good wishes on occasion of Maghe Sankranti
KATHMANDU— President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended happiness, peace and prosperity to all Nepali sisters and brother at home and abroad on the occasion of the Maghi or Maghe Sankranti.
In a message issued from the Secretariat of the President, President Bhandari has expressed her confidence that this festival would strengthen social unity by promoting mutual understanding among different castes and communities of our society.
Our festivals have contributed a lot to maintain our Nepali identity by linking geographic, cultural, ethnic and lingual diversities and such festivals have played vital role to make our country known in the global stage, President Bhandari has said in the message.
In a similar message, Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun has said that such festival enhance mutual harmony, tolerance, fraternity and unity among the Nepalis and contribute to conservation and promotion of our indigenous culture.