Well If you fodors member who are here as well as coming before 30 oct You may enjoy tihar festival with Nepali ( Light festival )
Tihar is a five-day Nepaese festival celebrated in late autumn, which comes soon after Dashain. One of these days incorporates the hindu festival deepawali( lighting) Although all ethnic groups celebrate it, the Newars in particular celebrate it in a certain way.
Day one 26oct.
The first day of Tihar is known as Kag Puja, or Worship of Crows. The crows are fed early in the morning
Day Two 27oct
The second day is called Kukur Puja, - Khicha Puja by the Newars - or Worship of Dogs. This is to worship the animal representative of a particular god.
Day Three 28oct
Gai Puja and Laxmi Puja
On the morning of the third day is Gai Puja, where the Nepalese worship cows, an animal sacred to the Hindus as it is the animal representative of laxmi. In the evening is Laxmi Puja, to worship the goddess of wealth.
Day Four 29oct
Gobhardan Puja and Maha Puja
On the fourth day of Tihar, there are three different known pujas. Most perform Goru Puja, or Worship of Oxen. People who follow krishna perform Gobardhan Puja, which is worship towards Cowdung. Cowdung is seen as very useful in Nepal, as in the olden days it was used for everything from light at night (methane) to polish for the mud floors of traditional houses. The Newar community on the night of this day do Maha Puja, or Worship of Self. Because this period is also the beginning of Nepal sambat , or the new year of Nepalese especially commemorated by Newars, it ensures prosperity for the new year.
The third and fourth day of Tihar is especially famous for DEUSI AND Bhailo, light and fireworks. Deusi and bhailo are the songs which have only been sung on those Tihar days. Social workers, young and children visit local homes by singing those songs, and in return the homeowners give them money, fruit, rice and bread (Selroti, a special type of bread made by rice flour and sugar).
Day Five 30oct
The fifth and last day of Tihar is Bhai Tika, a day where sisters put Tika on forehead of brothers, to ensure long life, and thank them for the protection they give.
About Tihar : The Nepali festival Tihar is also known by many names such as Dipawali or Bhai Tika or Laxmi Puja or as a festival of lights. It is a five-days festival, which comes soon after the Dashain Festival, and Tihar is all about worshiping of different animals such as crow, dog, cow, and worshiping of the Hindu Goddess of Fortune or Wealth (Goddess Laxmi), and cooking great meals at home, brothers and sisters shopping for gifts, flying kites, decorating homes and streets, playing cards with friends, resting and relaxing, and finally ending the festival with an exchange of a special temporary mark on forehead (tika in Nepali). The last day of the festival is known as Tika day or popularly known as Bhai Tika day (Bhai in Nepali means Brother). To sum up Tihar festival, Tihar is the festival when sisters wish a long life to their brothers (Bhai)!
Tihar is a festival for brothers and sisters, but What if you are a brother without a sister or a sister without a brother. Well, you can make one by accepting someone close to you in your relatives. If nothing works, you find one among your friends and neighbors, it becomes almost as if it was real. Whom ever you made your sister or brother remains so for life, and each year this festival makes your bond stronger. Tihar is a festival of sisters wishing a long life to their brothers, and Tihar is the most popular festival in Nepal. So hold on to your topi (hat), loads of excitement and fun are coming at you now
Well If you want to share this Festival feel free with Nepali people people too
Enjoy Here in Nepal in this time
About The Nepali festival Tihar
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