KAILALI, Jan 15: The last day of the Nepali month of Poush (14 Jan this year) is considered the new year eve by the Tharu community. The eve is celebrated with a great fanfare and liquor holds special value during the occasion. From offering to the gods to welcoming guests, "nothing can be done without liquor." While the preparations for the festival of Maghi which is marked on the first day of the month of Magh (which arrives after Poush) are underway, Tharu people in Kailali have been celebrating the eve with no less fervor.
KANCHANPUR, Dec 28: The Belauri municipality in Kanchanpur is hosting a cultural festival on the occasion of the Maghi which is observed on the first day of the Nepali month Magh. The Maghi festival this time falls on January 15, 2019.
DANG, Jan 16: The people of the indigenous Tharu community have come a long way from a modest history of farm slaves. They wanted to be freed from the cruel slavery. “We could not even speak,” said Ram Prasad Chaudhary, a Tharu leader of Dang, referring to the condition of his people about two decades ago.
DANG, Jan 16: The people of the indigenous Tharu community have come a long way from a modest history of farm slaves. They wanted to be freed from the cruel slavery. “We could not even speak,” said Ram Prasad Chaudhary, a Tharu leader of Dang, referring to the condition of his people about two decades earlier.
NEPALGUNJ, Jan 14: Maghi is considered the greatest festival of the Tharu community. However, Sita Tharu of Baijapur would never feel good when the festival would approach near in the past. Instead, she would feel extremely sad. It was not a festival for girls like her. Rather it was the time when Tharu families would make a deal with their landlords to send their daughters to their homes as Kamlaris (bonded labors). Tharu girls would either have to continue working at the same house, or change the owner as per the decision of their families.
BANKE, Jan 14: 85-year old Buddha Tharu of Baijapur village looks quite upset these days. The factor behind his unhappiness is the lack of excitement among the young Tharus for celebrating the festival of Maaghi. “People have stopped loving and celebrating Maaghi the way it was done in the past. This is not a pleasant matter,” laments the octogenarian. “They don't rejoice eating even Dhikri, Ghongi these days. This attitude is relegating to a mere formality, not something organic that the community loves,” he added.