KATHMANDU — Tihar, the second largest festival of the Nepali Hindus begins from today. Also known as Yampanchak, the festival is observed for five days.
Decorating homes with colorful lights, flowers and oil-fed lamps as well as eating various delicacies including sweets and sel roti are part of this festival of lights. Playing of deusi bhailo and worshipping of different animals and birds are also significant aspect of this festival.
The first day of the festival is observed as Kaag Tihar. The day is observed by feeding crows, regarded as messengers in the Nepali society.
The second day is Kukur Tihar (worship of the dogs) , the third day is Gai Tihar and Laxmi Pooja (worship of the cows in the morning and Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth in the Hindu mythology in the evening and the fourth day is Goru Pooja (worship of the oxen).
Tihar is also a festival of bonding between brothers and sisters which is celebrated as Bhai Tika. On the occasion of Bhai Tika, the last (fifth) day of Tihar, that falls on October 21 this year, sisters put Tika wishing for longevity and prosperity of their brothers, while brothers, in turn, give gifts and pledge to take care of their sisters.
The auspicious hour for the Bhai Tika this Tihar is at 11:51 am, according to the Nepal Calendar Fixation Committee.
The government has announced a three-day public holiday starting from Laxmi Pooja to Bhai Tika i.e. from October 19 to 21.Follow @gorkhapost
Action should be taken against the corrupt : Prachand
LAHAN — CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he is committed for not letting commission mongers and corrupt walk freely, stating development of the country is in a mess due to them.
“Development cannot be imagined without good governance. Action should be taken against the corrupt to maintain good governance. The government will take stern step for the same,” Dahal said while laying the foundation stone for upgrading task of East-West Postal Highway at Bariyarpatti of Siraha on Tuesday.
Saying political revolution has now completed, he expressed the view that Nepal would be made a prosperous country of the world within five to ten years with a new revolution of development.
Likewise, Dahal also said that the left alliance had assured people of good governance, stability, development and prosperity through its common manifesto and claimed that the incumbent government, which has garnered around two thirds majority, would fulfill people’s wish and aspiration.
Saying the plan of upgrading of postal highway, which is considered as a lifeline of Madhes, was forwarded during his term as the Prime Minister, he said upgrading of the postal highway would not be obstructed in any pretext.
Similarly, Minister for Physical Planning and Transport, Raghubir Mahaseth, said that all political parties should stand together for the development and prosperity of the country.
He also said that the government would take action against those contractors who failed to complete the construction task on deadline.
Likewise, Chief Minister of province no 2, Lalbabu Raut, expressed determination that the provincial government would present itself strongly to control corruption.Follow @gorkhapost