+977 9851064389 sales@nepalhiking.com

Login

Sign Up

After creating an account, you'll be able to track your payment status, track the confirmation and you can also rate the tour after you finished the tour.
Username*
Password*
Confirm Password*
First Name*
Last Name*
Birth Date*
Email*
Phone*
Country*
* Creating an account means you're okay with our Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.
Please agree to all the terms and conditions before proceeding to the next step

Already a member?

Login
+977 9851064389 sales@nepalhiking.com

Login

Sign Up

After creating an account, you'll be able to track your payment status, track the confirmation and you can also rate the tour after you finished the tour.
Username*
Password*
Confirm Password*
First Name*
Last Name*
Birth Date*
Email*
Phone*
Country*
* Creating an account means you're okay with our Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.
Please agree to all the terms and conditions before proceeding to the next step

Already a member?

Login

Category

Nepalese Festival

Maha Shivaratri
You are here Home » Nepalese Festival

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Maha Shivaratri
The night of Maha Shivaratri in Pashupatinath, Kathmandu

Maha Shivaratri, the literal translation of “the great night of Shiva”, is one of the major Hindu festivals celebrated in Nepal and India annually in reverence of Lord Shiva. Although there is Shivaratri every month in the Hindu calendar, this particular day is especially meaningful because people believe that Lord Shiva performed his cosmic dance called ‘Tandav Nritya’ on this day. People celebrate this Shivaratri festival on the 13th night/14th day of the lunar month of the Hindu calendar, which falls in Falgun (Feb or Mar). Hindu people also believe that Lord Shiva and Parvati married on this particular day.

Maha Shivaratri

The devotees of Lord Shiva celebrate the festival in Shiva temples all over Nepal. However, Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal’s oldest temple, beholds a special recognition.

The Hindu devotees will offer a ritual bath to the Shiva Lingam with milk, ghee, butter and dung. In addition, they chant mantras, perform poojas, and offer food and fruits to Shiva on this auspicious day.

The Hindu devotees celebrate the Maha Shivaratri festival at night, unlike other Hindu festivals. This festival is very special to females, and on this day, married women observe fasting for their husband’s well-being while unmarried pray for a suitable husband like Lord Shiva. 

Hindu devotees from Nepal and India will visit Pashupatinath Temple on this day, and the place will be crowded. But on the other hand, you can see different types of naked Sadhus covered with ashes. 

You may also like the following articles…

Maghe Sankranti
You are here Home » Nepalese Festival

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Maghe Sankranti
Maghe Sankranti

Maghe Sankranti is a Nepalese festival. It celebrates the first day of Magh month yearly according to Bikram Sambat (B.S)-Nepali calendar. Or it is in mid-January as per the Gregorian calendar. All the Hindus of Nepal and some Indian celebrate this festival. People also believe this day is the beginning of the new holy season. Also known as ‘Makar Sankranti’, ‘Maghi’ or ‘Uttrayana’, it resembles solstice festivals in other religious traditions.

More overview of the Maghe Sankranti

Although all the Hindus of Nepal celebrate Maghe Sankranti, it is the main festival of the Tharu, Newar and Magar communities.

  • Tharu people declare this festival as their new year. They call it Maghi and celebrate for a week-long. It falls on the last days of Poush month to the 3rd of Magh. Their menu contains a special meal for the festival called “Dhikri” along with meats of pigs, chickens, boars, ducks, and many beverages.
  • Newar people call Maghe Sankranti “Ghya Chaku Sahlu” and massage their heads and body with Sesame Oil.
  • Magar people also consider this festival as one of the major festivals. So, the government has declared this day an annual Magar community festival.
  • In the name of Yele Chung as the new year, this festival is celebrated by the Kirant community of Nepal.
  • On this certain day, the Hindus take ritual baths in holy river confluences all over the country. Sankhamul in Bagmati, Gandaki/Narayani at Triveni and Devghat in Chitwan are some of the holy spots. Fairs are held where people are seen in traditional attire dancing, singing and enjoying.

Magar Culture

People prepare festival food on this particular day, especially in every household. They prepare food such as Til Ko Laddu, Sesame Seed Fudge, Chakku (Molasys), and Ghee (clarified butter). Not only these items, but they also prepare Tilauri, Spinach, Tarul (yam), and sweet potatoes, which are very delicious to eat. People believe eating these foods and massaging the head with sesame oil will keep a person warmer and healthier in cold weather. As a result, every family member gathers and celebrates the festival, and mothers bless them with good health.

 

You may also like the following articles…

Celebration of Father's Day in Nepal
You are here Home » Nepalese Festival

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes