KATHMANDU, Jan 15: The Maghe or Makar Sankranti is being observed throughout the country today by taking holy dips in rivers and ponds, worshiping at various temples and savoring various delicacies like ghee, yam, khichadi and sweets like Chaku and sweets made of sesame and molasses.

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: Yomari Punhi and Sakela Udhauli festivals were observed across the country on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: The business of flowers crossed Rs 300 million during this year's Dashain and Tihar festivals, according to Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN).

Let there be light

October 27, 2019 02:00 am

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).

Preserving purity of festivals

October 27, 2019 01:30 am

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.

Bhaitika beyond stereotype

October 24, 2019 07:53 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Film actor Najir Hussian, to go by his surname, obviously belongs to a Muslim family. But every year during the Tihar festival, Najir receives tika from Saru Rai, whom he considers his non-biological sister. The two remember celebrating Tihar together since their earliest days, or since the last 27 years to be more precise.

Giving your home a facelift

October 4, 2019 08:29 am

The biggest festivals of Nepal – Dashain and Tihar – are knocking at our doors. And as per our tradition, during this time, we take special care in cleaning as well as renovating our homes. So, why not use this time to up your décor game? Decorating a home is something you should pay special attention to because how you feel in a particular space has a lot to do with it.

Fair price outlet opened in capital

September 9, 2019 19:15 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: The government has operated a fair price outlet in Kathmandu targeting major Nepali festivals including Dashain, Tihar and Chhath from Monday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Department of Commerce, Supply and Consumer Protection is preparing to operate fair price shops from September 9 targeting the major Nepali festivals, namely Dashain, Tihar and Chhath.

KATHMANDU, May 18: Kirant Community has started celebrating Ubhauli festival in Nepal with much gusto.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: Yomari Punhi and Udhauli festivals are being observed across the country on Saturday.

Chhath bonds us all

November 13, 2018 02:00 am

Today is the third day of Chhath—the major festival celebrated in Nepal’s Tarai plains but whose popularity and fame is spreading across the country in the recent years.

KATHMANDU, Nov 7: In view of festivals--Tihar, Nepal Sambat and Chhath, security will be tightened across the market in the Kathmandu Valley, said the police.

NC to host 100,000 guests

November 1, 2018 18:13 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: Main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) party is hosting a tea reception Friday on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami, Deepawali, Nepal Sambat and Chhath festivals.

In photos: Tea reception hosted by NCP

October 27, 2018 18:32 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 27: Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has hosted a tea reception on Saturday in the capital on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami, Deepawali, Nepal Sambat and Chhath festivals.

DAMAULI, Oct 18: A World Omkar and Hindu General Gathering Festival has kicked off at local Byasgufa area from today, with the objective of introducing the birthplace of Ved Vyas to the world.

Mahanawami being celebrated today

October 18, 2018 06:00 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Mahanawami, the ninth day of Bada Dashain, is being observed throughout the country today.

Devotees throng to goddess temples

October 17, 2018 16:00 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: Devotees have been thronging the goddess temples and shrines throughout the country on the occasion of the Mahaastami today, the eighth day of the 10 days long Bada Dashain festival, the biggest festival of Nepali.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: While Dashain has been an opportunity for those living away from their families to meet them and celebrate it together, the greatest festival of Hindus has also been an opportunity for lawmakers to meet party cadres and voters in their respective constituencies.

Route permit open from today

October 10, 2018 09:38 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: The Department of Transport Management has opened route permit for public vehicles from today.

Teachers pad lock school

October 7, 2018 11:10 am

LAHAN, Oct 7: Teachers of the Pashupati Higher Secondary School, Lahan have padlocked their school for not being paid for a long time.

POKHARA, Oct 4: Soaring prices of essential consumable goods on the eve of the festive season has panicked consumers in Pokhara.

OCT 1: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

October 1, 2018 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

BIRGUNJ, Oct 1: Security has been tightened along the border with India in view of upcoming Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festivals.

Security plan for festivals

October 1, 2018 13:07 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 1: The Metropolitan Police Range Kathmandu has launched a special security plan in Kathmandu Valley in view of the upcoming Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festivals.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD), Kathmandu has set up 13 help desk for passengers in different parts of Kathmandu Valley with the opening of bus tickets booking in view of the upcoming Dashain and Tihar festivals.

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: The government has announced plans to open fair price shops on the eve of festive season in various parts of the country from September 28.

Gai Jatra in Kirtipur

August 27, 2018 07:40 am

Kirtipur is an ancient Newari settlement of Kathmandu. Its rich art, culture, and traditions portray the close link the ancient kingdom has with its bordering regions. However, Kirtipur is heavily influenced by modernization due to rising trend of establishing contemporary commercial hubs.  But despite the modernization, the ancient kingdom has still been giving continuity to its past customs.

Bisket and Sindur Jatras: Glimpses of two timeless festivals

Don’t abuse in name of festivals

March 3, 2018 09:40 am

Holi, a festival of colors, was celebrated on Thursday in various parts of Nepal’s hilly region, including in Kathmandu, and in tarai region on Friday. This festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the end of winter and exchanging the happiness among people. Holi calls for hopes of joys, meet and greet with loved ones, forgiving and forgetting, also repairing broken relationships.

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: The Yomari Punhi or Yomari Poornima, Dhanya Poornima and Udhauli festivals are being observed across the country today.

Inmates send home money for festivals

October 4, 2017 03:22 am

TANAHUN, Oct 4: While the Hindus across the country are busy celebrating Dashain with their family members, inmates at the District Prison, Tanahun are having sleepless nights worrying about how their loved ones are managing the festive season in their absence.

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has directed the government bodies to ensure smooth public service delivery during the festivals.

During the festive season, guests or relatives show up at your home unexpectedly. Which is why, it is all the more important to keep your home clean and festival-ready. While you can’t change the way your guests are, you can certainly be prepared for their arrival by keeping your home festival ready. These house cleaning tips will get your home in shape for any and every festival possible.

POKHARA, Sept 23: Cases of drunk driving is on the rise with the public gripped by the fervor of two greatest festivals of the Hindus - Dashain and Tihar.

LAMJUNG, Sept 13: Keeping in mind the possibility of swindling people and black-marketing in the countdown to the upcoming festivals, the District Monitoring Committee (DMC), Lamjung, has started monitoring various markets of the district from Tuesday.

Festivals around the world

January 27, 2017 09:10 am

This year, make it your goal to witness some of the most unique and fabulous celebrations from all around the world to have the ultimate holiday experience. Presenting a list of festivals that you must experience at least once in your lifetime.

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: ‘Bhagyale Bachekaharu’, a Nepali documentary featuring stories of the survivors of 2015 Nepal Earthquake has won an award under the best international documentary film category at the 2nd Shimla International Film Festival that was held earlier this month.

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: The Nepal Police has formed a special taskforce in view of maintaining public security and order in view of the different festivals.

URLABARI, Oct 8: The Biratnagar Customs Office, which used to remain closed for a week during the Dashain festival earlier, will observe normal working hours throughout festival except for two days on October 10 and 11.

Women finding festivals less tedious

October 8, 2016 08:35 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Although in the past, festivals meant additional work for women, the scenario is gradually changing. In recent years, they face less hassles and a more liberal family environment.

BHAKTAPUR, Sept 22: The Metropolitan Police Range, Bhaktapur has launched a door-to-door campaign in a bid to create awareness and curb any unwanted activities during festivals like Dashain and Tihar.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has said that general public can exchange new bank notes for the major festivals from October 2.

KATHMANDU, June 15 : Fifteen-year-old Aditya Khadka’s documentary ‘Dhartiputra’ has been selected to be screened at two film festivals in the US.