Nepal, popularly known as a land of culture and diversity, rejoicesseveral festivals every year. Every culture, every religion and every ethnic group has their very own festivals. While each of the festivals has their own meaning and reasons for celebration, people celebrate them with opening up their heart to their family, friends and relatives.Keeping aside all the grievance people hold for each other, they rather prefer to enjoy and spend quality time together in these festive moods, adding some color to life.
In Nepal, there are different season and time for celebrating festivals. Some of the remarkably popular and widely celebrated festivals include Dashain, Tihar, Holi, Chhath, Lhosar, Buddha Jayanti, Ghode Jatra, Maha Shivaratri, Teej, Krishna Janmastami and Indra Jatra. The list doesn’t end here. There are several other names in the list too.
During the month of Asoj and Kartik, people engage themselves in the celebration of Dashain, which is by far the biggest festival of all. It is celebrated for 9 consecutive days. The tenth day is called Dashami when the younger ones get Tika from the elderly ones along with the blessings. This festival is also known as the festivals of kites and cards. Many animals are scarified each year during this festival as an offering to god and goddess.
Tihar, the next big festival, is known as the festivals of light. All the houses in every corner of the street are cleaned and embellished with candles and lights. A big box of entertainment comprises playing Deusi, Vailo, cards and lighting up the crackers. It lasts for a total of five days. Throughout this crow, dog and cow are pampered and worshipped. Besides, the reverence of goddess of wealth- Laxmi is also consummated with a small hope that goddess Laxmi will dwell in their homes. With the same contemplation, people tend to immaculate and decorate their house with mandap, oil lamp, candles etc.The final day is the day is in the name of brothers, which is then called Bhai Tika.
Here, another festival to mention is Holi. It is the festival of water and colors. This is the day celebrated for the death of Holika, a demon. On this day, people throw colors and water on each other, roam around the streets holding water balloons on their hand. Also people attend parties, have some drink, refreshment and dance together.
Normally, every religion and caste do have their own festivals. However, people also like to be a part of festivals other in regard of thanksgiving, togetherness, love and care.These kind of festivities not only brings families and friends together, but also binds people of different religion. Moreover, we are all Nepalese in the first place. These festivals acts like a break from work. Due to the heavy workload, people becomes busy in their day to day life leading less time to meet, untold and unheard stories, and experiences. In order to strengthen the weakening connection, feasts and festivities plays a pivotal role.