Skal du rejse til Nepal er det altid en god idé at se hvornår festivallerne foregår. Her et par af forårets Nepalfestivaler:
Lhosar - Tibetan New Year
Date: Jan 28,2017
Sherpas and Tibetans welcome their New Year with feasts, family visits and dancing. During this festival, the daughters and sisters are invited to receive blessings along with exchanging of greetings amongst one another.
Buddhist monks offer prayers for good health and prosperity, and perform dances at the monasteries. People wear new clothes and ﬁnest jewelries and exchange gifts during the festival. Colorful prayer ﬂags decorate streets and roof tops; the colors seem especially brilliant at the Bouddha and Swayambhu stupas. Crowds of celebrants at Bouddha bring in the New Year by throwing tsampa (roasted barley ﬂour) into the air.
This festival that originated in China is now also observed in Singapore, Mongolia, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Bhutan, Laos, Myanmar and Japan.Lhosar festival is celebrated by the Tamang, Sherpa, Gurung, Magar, Thakali, Jirel, Nesyangba, Bhote, Dura and Lepcha community as a new year.
Basanta Panchami (Shree Panchami)
Date: Feb 1,2017
Basanta Panchami is also called Shri Panchami or Saraswoti Puja and is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Saraswoti, goddess of knowledge and learning. This day is very special for students. They take early morning bath, wear clean clothes, worship their books and visit temple of goddess Saraswoti with puja items.
Students believe that worshipping the goddess on this day broadens up their knowledge horizon and their studies will progress further fruitfully. Parents who have toddlers at home take them to temples and make them write on the walls of the temple. This day also bears cultural and religious signiﬁcance for Buddhists who prioritize this day for worshipping God Manjushree.
At Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu official announcement is made indicating the arrival of spring.
Astrologically, Shri Panchami is an ideal day for couples to tie a marriage knot and also for new born babies’ name-giving sacrament called nwaran.
Date: Feb 24,2017
Shivaratri meaning the night of Lord Shiva is one of the major festivals of Nepal. Hundreds of thousands of followers from different parts of country and India crowd the Pashupatinath temple – one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus in Kathmandu to worship Lord Shiva on his birthday. Lord Shiva is considered as the guardian and protector of everything that exists.
Colorful and naked sadhus, the wandering sages who emulate Shiva with ashes over their bodies, give lectures to disciples, meditate, or practice yoga. Special attendance camps are set in the courtyards of the temples situated at the opposite bank, where non-Hindus are also free to wander. The curious can witness some rather interesting yogic demonstrations there.
Children collect donations from passersby since the morning to buy necessary items to prepare holy meal and bonﬁre during the evening. People make bonﬁre at junctions and homes at the evening and warm themselves sitting by the ﬁre eating Prasad the holy meal.
Fagu Poornima (Holi)
Date: Mar 12,2017
Fagu Poornima or Holi is one of the most colorful and playful festivals of Nepal. It is the festival of water and colors which is also known as “Phagu” in Nepal.
According to Hindu Mythology, during the reign of King Hiranyakashyap entire people of the kingdom were prohibited from worshipping Lord Vishnu and were forced to worship him instead. The king had immense hatred towards God Vishnu. But for his misfortune, King’s own son, Pralhad, was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. When king learnt about this, he grew very furious and implemented extreme cruel measures to make his son forget Vishnu. No matter how cruel the king got his son grew more closer to lord Vishnu. In one of his ploys, the King assigned his sister, Holika, to burn Pralhad to death.
Holika had the power of emitting ﬁre. She took Pralhad into her lap intending to burn him but with Lord Vishnu’s immortal blessings instead she was burnt to ashes. It is believed that from this day people started to celebrate the death of Holika as Holi festival. The chir pole, decorated with colorful ﬂags and erected on the ﬁrst day of Fagu at Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.
The last day is the wildest as people especially the young ones wander through the streets in groups on foot or vehicles covered with various colors all over them and the people in houses make merry throwing colors and water balloons at each other and also to these people on the streets.
Ghode jatra: The day of the horse festival
Venue: Kathmandu , Date: Apr 10,2013
Ghode jatra, horse racing festival, takes place between March/April and a grand horse parade take...
Nepali New Year
Date: Apr 13,2017
Nepalese follow their own calendar system known as the Bikram Era or Bikram Sambat. New Year is called Nawavarsha in Nepali Language and is observed as an official holiday.
The day usually falls in the second week of April.
During this occassion people go for picnics, have get-togethers and celebrate the day socializing in various ways. Musical programs are organized at different places to mark the happy begining of the year.
Places to Observe:
All Over the country
Date: Apr 4, 2017
Hindus worship God Ram as a victorious person. In memory of the victory day, all Hindus worship Ram at various temples, especially in Ram Janaki Temple in Janakpur.
Date: Apr 4,2017
Hindus celebrate Dasain twice a year in Nepal. Chaite Dasain is one of these. The most public of the ceremonies are the ritual animal sacriﬁces performed by the army in the courtyard of the police station at Hanuman Dhoka. This commence from 8:00 a.m. and is performed before the banners and insignia of various military units.
Goats and buffaloes are the victims, beheaded by a single stroke of the sword. In previous years anyone in the audience could volunteer to dispatch one of the animals, but this custom has lapsed.
Western visitors are allowed to view from a balcony overlooking the courtyard, with a splendid view of all the gore. The rites last about two hours and are concluded after the military commander smears each of the banners with the sacriﬁcial blood.