KAILALI, Oct 27: Flowers, one of the most essential items for celebrating the Tihar festival, have run out of stock in the district. Though flowers are cultivated commercially, there is a shortage of flowers.
KATHMANDU, Oct 26: 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, the second biggest festival of Nepalis.
Streets full of children singing and dancing, houses covered from top to bottom with colorful lights, the aroma of festival food from every household, families getting together to exchange greetings and play cards, and fireworks being lit at every corner – this would be a typical description of the festival of lights commonly known as Tihar or Dipawali. Tihar is a five-day festival celebrated in Nepal where animals like cows, dogs, and crows are celebrated along with the relationship of brothers and sisters. What is interesting is how over time, celebrating with fire-crackers has become an integral part of Tihar, especially as fire-crackers do not have roots in Hindu traditions.
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: An excess import of flowers has led to large quantities of domestically produced flowers going to waste during this Tihar, which made the domestic farmers face heavy financial losses.
CPN (Unified Socialist) chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal said that festivals like Tihar and Nepal Sambat inspire everyone to maintain national unity along with social goodwill and fraternity. In a message of best wishes on the occasion of the Tihar festival and the Nepal Sambat 1142 New Year, the CPN (Unified Socialist) Chairman and former Prime Minister said that Tihar has given an incomparable message for mutual respect.
KATHMANDU, Nov 6: According to the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee, 11:02 AM is the most auspicious time for receiving and offering Bhaitika today. Sisters throughout the country offer tika to their brothers wishing them happiness, long life and prosperity on the occasion of Bhaitika.
KATHMANDU, Nov 5: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has expressed the confidence that the Nepal Sambat 1142 would help support further strengthen national unity by promoting mutual goodwill, tolerance, and brotherhood. In a message today on the occasion of the Nepal Sambat 1142, the President has wished for happiness, peace, and prosperity to all Nepalis at home and abroad.
KATHMANDU, Nov 5: Prime Minister Deuba has expressed his best wishes to all the Nepali people on the occasion of the Nepal Sambat New Year 1142. He said that the day is believed to increase tolerance, brotherhood, and mutual harmony among all Nepali people.
KATHMANDU, Nov 4: Laxmi Puja is being observed across the country today. The third day of Yamapanchak of Tihar festival is being celebrated by worshipping Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, affluence and prosperity, this evening, with devotion. On this day, people clean their houses and surroundings, illuminate their homes and light butter lamps to 'invite' the goddess to their homes, in the belief that the goddess Laxmi detests the house which is unclean and untidy.
KATHMANDU, Nov 3: The festival of lights ‘Tihar’ has officially begun with Kaag and Kukur Tihar already celebrated on Wednesday. As the people are busy buying goods that are needed for the celebrations, the sale of electric decorative lights is also high across the country. It is believed that Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth, visits the homes of those who keep their home well-lit and clean during Tihar. Due to this belief, people illuminate their homes with electric lights and butter lamps to invite the goddess to their homes.
KATHMANDU, Nov 2: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA)’s Managing Director Kulman Ghising on Tuesday assured that there will not be load-shedding during Tihar as the country currently has electricity production more than the demand.
KATHMANDU, Nov 2: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has set up vaccination centers at Gongabu Bus Park, Kalanki, Balkhu, and Koteshwar for travelers leaving the Kathmandu Valley to celebrate the Tihar festival.
KATHMANDU, Nov 1: People throng markets inside the capital as they prepare to celebrate Tihar-- the second major festival of Hindu followers. People can be seen purchasing necessary items for the festival such as hats, colors, and garlands, among others.
KATHMANDU, Nov 16: A number of people without brothers and sisters on Monday reached the Bal Gopaledhwor Temple at the heart of Rani Pokhari (Queen’s Pond) in the capital to receive tika on the Bhaitika, the fifth and final day of Yampanchak. It is the day when sisters put tika on the forehead of their brothers, wishing for their prosperity and long life.
KATHMANDU, Nov 6: The festival of light, Deepawali or Tihar is just a week away. The festival, also known for strengthening ties between brothers and sisters, remains incomplete if we do not talk about lamps and lights.
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.