KATHMANDU, Oct 28: Gai Puja, Goru Puja or ox worship and Govardan Puja are being observed throughout the country today on the fourth day of the five-day-long Tihar festival celebrated mainly by the Hindus across the country.
As the country goes for yet another three-day holiday for Tihar, there are many issues making the rounds in the media. For one, the most gruesome case of genocide that occurred in 2008 is not moving toward resolution. The main suspect, Mohammad Aftab Alam, has been denying the allegation that he masterminded that criminal act. He is even claiming that the bomb explosion that killed people on the eve of first Constituent Assembly elections in April, 2008 did not occur at all. District court has remanded him in custody for one more week and there are genuine fears that the victims and eyewitnesses of the murders might be influenced by the culprits and their relatives. The case of rape attempt against former Speaker of House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara is not making any headway. Meanwhile, the government has arrested a rapper on charge of spreading offensive message through his songs. People are divided in favor of and against the police action. While a group of people has been arguing that government is trying to divert the public attention from the pressing issues by arresting the singer, others have stood in favor of the police action. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has left for the Republic of Azerbaijan, leading the Nepali delegation to the 18th Summit of heads of state and government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
Major festivals across cultures have their roots in rural life. They also share similar rationale for celebration. The reunion of family members, sharing of good time, food, blessings, and worship of gods/goddesses are their universal themes. Unsurprisingly, they are embraced, modified, and commoditized by the urbanites, exurbanites and suburbanites in no time.
DULEGAUDA, TANAHU, Oct 25: Festival of lights, Tihar or Deepawali is around the corner. It is also the festival of brothers and sisters. Sisters offer Saptarangi (seven-colored) Tika on their brothers’ forehead.
Tihar also known as Deepawali, is one of the most awaited festivals among kids and adults alike. Tihar is a five-day long festival of humility and giveaways where adults get busy in the ritualistic aspects, while younger ones make tireless efforts to shop gifts for friends and family.
The press statement quoting Home Ministry's spokesman Ramakrishna Subedi, stated that action will be taken against those who sing and produce songs and music that affect the society in the name of the festival.
Fifty-two-year-old Raj Kumar Sah calls himself an uneducated business person. “I have only studied up to the second standard. Back then, fifth graders used to be our teachers”, says the father of three daughters and three sons. Raj Kumar was a scavenger when he first started working in Kathmandu. Later, he traveled back to his home district Sarlahi and started a small shop there. His wife currently looks after the shop.
UNITED STATES, Nov 10: Umesh Rai, the brother-in -law of Paruhang Rai assualted Lokmani Rai, a journalist based in New York, in the vengeance of writing news. Paruhang Rai is the chief assitant of Chief Minister Sherdhan Rai of Province 1.
BAITADI, Nov 10: Festival fervor has gripped the hilly districts of the Far-west province along with Tihar, the second biggest festival of the Nepalis. The festive environment has started in Darchula, Dadeldhura and Baitadi districts with the start of the Kattik Shuklapakshya.
DAMAULI, Nov 9: Jailbirds in Tanahun prisons Tihar festival with joy after they received tika from their sisters. Jailer Narayan Adhikari said that 25 prisoners received tika from their sisters in the jail.
KATHMANDU, Nov 9: The most important day of Tihar, the festival of lights, is being marked today by offering tika by sisters to their brothers. Sisters throughout the country offer 'tika' to their brothers wishing them happiness, long life and prosperity on the occasion of Bhaitika.
Priya Agrawal claims that she is excited about this year’s Tihar, just like last year and the year before that. The 18-year-old calls it her absolute favorite festival and says that, because the festival has so many things going on, from putting up string lights and cleaning out the oil lamps to worshipping different animals and making rangolis, she is usually super busy during Tihar but doesn’t mind it one bit.
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC ) said they will distribute oil on Wednesday to fulfill the oil demand during the Tihar festival. NOC will distribute petroleum oil and diesel from Thankot Depot. NOC Thankot Depot has distributed 8.5Lakh Ltrs Petrol and 8.3Lakh Ltrs Diesel on Tuesday.
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: As Thursday marks the fourth day of Tihar, the Newar community across the country will be celebrating Mha Puja (worship of the self). Every year, during Govardhan Puja, Newari people worship themselves so as to observe their New Year according to Nepal Sambat.
When a group of people start singing ‘Bhaileni Aayin Aangana’ or ‘Deusire’ at your doorsteps, music enthusiasts instantly wave their body along with the beat of song. That’s the power of ‘Deusi Bhailo’. With the change in time, ‘Deusi Bhailo’ is not as it was years ago. To know further on the changes, My City team asked various celebs about their ‘Deusi Bhailo’ experience.
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: On the third day of the Yamapanchak, Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth, is being worshipped with jubilation and various religious rituals throughout the country in the evening in accordance with time-honored tradition.
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: In order to make the Tihar festival peaceful and safe, police have launched a campaign to control the smuggling and sales of firecrackers and intensified security checks on roads so as to minimize road accidents.
Shopping is an integral part of life. With the arrival of Tihar, one of the most awaited festivals in Nepal, one simply can’t refrain from shopping. This five-day long festival is also known as Deepawali or Yama Panchak. It began on Monday. The festival not only recognizes divinity but also animals and birds who contribute to the humankind.
KATHMANDU, Nov 6: Kukur Tihar, the festival of dogs, is being celebrated at every household today, to mark the second day of Yamapanchak of the Tihar festival. Tihar is the second biggest festival of the Nepali Hindus.
Tihar is at the doorstep. It is the second biggest Nepali festival after Dashain. Crow is worshipped on Kaag Tihar, the first of the five-day-long festival. Dogs get special treatment on the second day, called Kukur Tihar. On the third day (Gai Tihar), people show their appreciation to cow by garlanding and feeding them. In the evening, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, is worshiped by lighting oil lamps (Diyo).
KATHMANDU, Nov 5: President Bidya Devi Bhandari attended a tea reception hosted by Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun on the occasion of Tihar, Chhath and Nepal Sambat 1139 festivals in the capital on Monday.
BHOJPUR, Nov 5: At a time when most of the ministers and elected representatives are busy exchanging greetings for Tihar, Sudan Kirati who was elected in the federal election from Bhojpur is busy listening to the grievances of the people of his constituency.
KATHMANDU, Nov 5: Like every year, the cases of confiscation of firecrackers by police have increased with the arrival of Tihar this year. Data maintained by the Police Headquarters, Naxal, shows that the number of firecracker confiscation cases, arrests for smuggling and possessing firecrackers and the number of firecrackers seized during the festive season have doubled over the year.
The festive season is upon us and it is once again time to celebrate. Tihar is just around the corner and preparations are in full swing, if the lights and flowers are any indication. While it is our time to revel and have fun, it just isn’t the same for our pets.
I like Tihar more than Dashain. Dashain is like a week-long break and you get bored after a day or two unless you decide to go to one of those ASEAN countries during the festive season. Then, even a week is not enough.