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Shree Swasthani Brata Katha

Shree Swasthani Brata Katha, a ritual observed by Nepali Hindus since Poush Shukla Purnima (full moon day), that generally falls on January 1. The festival lasts a month and ends in Magh Shukla Purnima. Nepalis, especially Hindu women, observe the month-long festival by worshiping the four-handed deity Swasthani who has chakra, trishul, sword and lotus in each hand, and recite …

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Angalakegu:Nava Durga Gana dance

Nava Durga Gana dance officially takes place on January 15 in Bhaktapur. The festival runs for eight months and concludes on the day of Bhalbhal Astami in the Nepali month of Shrawan. The first day of the Nava Durga Gana dance was showcased at Suryamadhi, ward number 9, Bhaktapur. Nava Durga Gana dance is also known as Angalakegu, which means …

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Bisket Jatra’s pole erecting ceremony

On the occasion of Bisket Jatra, a 55–foot–tall lingo (pole) is erected at Lyosingkhel, Bhaktpur . This ceremony is considered as the main attraction of eight nights and nine days long Bisket Jatra of Bhaktpur. Thousands of Jatra lovers from neighboring districts Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Kavrepalanchowk visit Bhaktpur to see this special ceremony. “The pole required for the Jatra is …

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Siruwa Festival in Terai

The festival held to mark the start of New Year sees revelers seeking blessings from elders, worshipping the cooking stove and cleaning up the streets and maintaining environmental hygiene. The specialty of the festival is worshipping the cooking stove and daubing the kitchen floor. In the festival widely celebrated by the Maithili community it is believed that kitchen should also …

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