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Terai people observing Judshital festival today

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SAPTARI — The customary Siruwa or the Judshital festival is being celebrated with much fervor in the districts of the Tarai Madhes on Thursday.

The festival, which formally began on Wednesday, is is observed today with the oldest person in the family sprinkling the holy water and flower petals offered to the clan deity on the heads of the family members in blessing and partaking the auspicious sweets and cookies. The family elders give blessings to the younger members for their health and happiness.

The holy water is also sprinkled over the plants and on the foot of the trees around the house in the belief that doing this would provide peace and coolness.

Special delicacies like Bari and Karahi are cooked and eaten on the occasion. The youngsters splash mud at each other in celebration. A variety of cultural programs are also held on this day.

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Far-West Province has high potential: Minister Bhatta

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BAITADI— Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment of Far-West Province Maya Bhatta has said that Far-West Province has high potentials for development.

At an orientation programme for journalists in Baitadi on Saturday, Bhatta said that the Far-West Province has high chance for religious tourism.

On the occasion, Province Minister Bhatta feted Far-West Provincial Chairman of National Association of Tourism Journalists (NATOJ) Amar Raj Bhattarai and newly-elected Chairman of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Baitadi chapter Mahesh Prasad Awasthi.

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