Saraswati puja: (Photo Feature)

KATHMANDU: Saraswati puja, the day of knowledge, art, and music successfully celebrated at Swayambunath Temple and all around the temples of Goddess Saraswati. Students, professionals, artists, musicians and scholars worshiping Goddess Saraswati with a great respect by offering varieties of sweets, garlands, and tikas to seek wisdom, artistic and technical skills, academic excellence. ...

Gosainkunda during Winter: (Photo Feature)

KATHMANDU: Gosainkunda is a tourist destination that lies in the mountainous region of Nepal, and has greater beauty during the winter with fantastic views. The NATHM Student Chapter of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal recently organized a Gosainkunda trip to explore and promote. The group visited areas near Gosainkunda including Dhumche, Lauribinayak, and Surya Kunda. The s...

Maghe observed in Tudikhel (Photo feature)

KATHMANDU: Maghe  Sankranti is being observed throughout the country Monday.  On the day, Hindu people take holy dips into rivers and ponds, worship at various temples and relish delicacies like ghee, yam, khichadi and sweets like chaku and sweets made of sesame and molasses. Magar community celebrated the day as Maghe Sankranti where as Tharu community celebrated it as Maghi. People living...

Month-Long Swasthani Brata festival (Photo Feature)

KATHMANDU : Swasthani is a Hindu goddess. It is believed that the one who worships her with a pure heart and full devotion gets their wish fulfilled. A month- long recitation of the holy text of Swasthani Barta Katha begins from the ninth month of the Nepali calendar, Poush and ends in the full moon day of Magh. ...

Tamu Lhosar celebrations at Tundikhel (Photo feature)

KATHMANDU: The Gurung community is marking the ‘Tamu Lhosar’ as the New Year from today by bidding adieu to the old one. In the Gurung language, ‘Lho’ means year and ‘sar’ means new. That’s why the meaning of Lhosar is New Year. So, it is celebrated as the Gurung New Year. Clad in bright and colorful traditional dresses, thousands of Gurung men, women and girls gathered at Tundikhel to c...

Yomari, Dhanya Poornima festivals being observed (Photo feature)

KATHMANDU : The Yomari Punhi  and  Dhanya Poornima  festivals are being observed across the country Sunday. The Yomari Poornima is a festival observed by the Newar community of the Valley and is believed to have started 400 years ago. A special delicacy made of rice flour and molasses called Yomari is the major attraction of this festival. The day is also observed as the Jyapu Day. Ac...

Kumari puja (Photo feature)

KATHMANDU: Girls under the age of nine gathered for the Kumari puja, a tradition of worshiping young prepubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy. The ritual holds a strong religious significance in the Newar community that seeks divine blessings to save small girls from diseases and bad luck in the years to come. ...

TAAN Conducts Handover Ceremony (Photo feature)

KATHMANDU : The Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has conducted a handover ceremony to its new board members on Monday at the TAAN Secretariat, Maligaun. The ceremony officially handed over the responsibility to the 17 newly-elected members of the TAAN Executive Committee. The newly-elected board members will preside over their duties for a period of two years. The coming two-year ...

Bala Chaturdashi festival in Nepal (Photo feature)

KATHMANDU:The festival of Bala Chaturdashi in Nepal is held at the Pashupatinath  Temple  every year in late November . Hindu pilgrims from all over Nepal  gather at the temple, which is considered the most sacred temple of Shiva , in Nepal. An all-night vigil marks the beginning of Bala Chaturdashi. The pilgrims chant and dance by the light of their small wick lamps through the night while paying...

Chhath concludes by offering Argha to rising sun (Photo feature)

KATHMANDU : The worshippers have concluded the Chhath – a grand festival of good will and faith – by making offerings to the rising sun this morning. The four-day festival starts from Kartik Shukala Chaturthi by worshipping setting Sun and concludes on Kartik Shukla Saptami as per the lunar calendar by making offerings to rising Sun. The revelers had made offerings to the Sun with the grains...