KATHMANDU — The five-day Yama Panchak (Tihar Festival) is beginning from today with individuals lighting oil lamps and venerating Yama, the divine god of death.
Houses are decorated with colourful lights during Tihar. There is a tradition of people going door-to-door performing traditional Deusi and Bhailo songs.
It proclaims the start of Tihar, also called the festival of lights, and is seen by performing different ceremonies according to the Vedic custom. The celebration last for five days.
The first day of the Tihar is called Kag Tihar when crows are worshiped as the messengers of good and bad news.The second day is Kukur Tihar when dogs are worshiped as protectors of the house. The third day is called Gai Tihar and Laxmi Puja. On this day, cows are worshipped. The cow is viewed as the mother and Laxmi, the goddess of riches.
The fourth day of the festival is Govardhan Puja when bulls are worshiped. The Newar communities observe Mha Puja (love of oneself). The day is also the start of Nepal Sambat calendar.
The fifth or the final day of Yama Panchak is Bhai Tika. On this day, sisters put tika on their brothers’ forehead and wish them long life and success. This day is believed to strengthen the bond between brothers and sisters.
According to Panchanga Nirnayak Samitee, the auspicious time for offering and receiving Bhai Tika is 11:55 am on November 13 (Friday) this year. “Bhai Tika can be offered and received for the duration of the day from 11:55 forward,” it informed.Follow @gorkhapost
Holi being celebrated in Terai today
KATHMANDU — Holi, the festival of colors, is being celebrated in various Tarai districts on Friday, a day after it was celebrated in hills and Kathmandu valley by exchanging wishes and smearing colourful powders and throwing colours and water-filled balloons at each other.
Holi is regarded as one of the most important festivals in the southern plains where the locals invite friends and relatives in their houses and serve them delicious food on the occasion.
People have descended on the streets and celebrated the festival, spraying each other with colours and water.
There is the mythology of the demon king Hiranya Kashyapu releted to the Holi celebration, who had ordered his sister Holika to enter into a fire along with Pralhad, son of the demon king and a devout follower of Lord Bishnu, in her lap so that Pralhad would stop chanting the name of the lord.
The catch was that Holika wouldn’t burn in the fire because of a boon she had received from god. But it so happened that the fire burnt Holika whereas Pralhad remained unharmed and came out of the fire still chanting the name of god. Therefore, the festival has been linked to this legend and is celebrated by smearing colour in enjoyment.
Meanwhile, Police have arrested 167 persons from across Kathmandu Valley for allegedly misbehaving with strangers and passers-by on the pretext of Holi festival today. According to police, those arrested for playing Holi in an indecent manner will be charged under Public Crime and Punishment Act, 1970 upon necessary screening and profiling of the suspects.
Similarly, 523 motorcyclists faced action for violating traffic rules and driving under the influence.Follow @gorkhapost
2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali
Dead man alive: Romanian court rejects man’s claim he’s alive
Irrfan Khan diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour
Britain, France and Germany propose new sanctions on Iran
Province 1 CM directs to stop deforestation in Charkoshe jhadi
Two injured in Khukuri attack in Rukum West
Man killed himself in front of White House
Sajha Yatayat begins operation of disabled-friendly bus in the Valley
Pakistan Prime Minister Abbasi to arrive Nepal on Monday
Mahara elected unopposed to post of Speaker
- World2 days ago
US military helicopter carrying 7 people has crashed in Iraq
- Main News7 days ago
PM Oli to take vote of confidence today, likely to win two-third majority
- World6 days ago
China’s parliament passes historic constitutional amendment
- Life Style2 days ago
Finland is the world’s happiest country, Nepal 101th