Phagu or Holi the colourful spring festival will be celebrated tomorrow. Like most Hindu festivals this festival too celebrates the victory of good over evil. Explore Himalaya wishes one and all a very colourful and fun-filled but safe Holi.
"Saga Dawa” is an important Tibetan Buddhist festival, held each year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar. This festival is observed to celebrate Sakyamuni's (Lord Buddha) enlightenment and many Buddhist pilgrims, tourists and researchers from different parts of the world visit Tibet during this time. The ‘Saga Dawa’ festival demonstrates how religion and spirituality is deeply imbedded in the lives of Tibetans. Though celebrated all over Tibet, the festival is mainly observed at Tarboche in Mount Kailash. Tibetans travel from their hometowns and villages to Tarboche carrying their own flags. On the day of the festival the existing flagpole is replaced by a new flagpole where people attach their flags. The flagpole should stand perfectly upright after it is erected, or else locals believe that something unfortunate may happen in Tibet. The whole ceremony is led by a Lama from the nearby monastery.
If you wish to witness this wonderful cultural event, Explore Himalaya Travel and Adventure is organizing a fixed departure tour focusing on ‘Saga Dawa’ festival. You can combine your visit with a tour to Lhasa and Everest Base Camp (North Face). Pilgrims who do not wish to visit Lhasa or Everest Base Camp can directly drive back to Kathmandu with our Nepali supporting crew member.
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Flagpole at Tarboche at the base of Mt. Kailash (Pic: Explore Himalaya)
Mahashivaratri (Lord Shiva’s Night) will be observed tomorrow. Pilgrims from all over Nepal as well as India are already thronging Gaushala, the site of the Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine in Nepal dedicated to Lord Shiva.
More info at Mahashivaratrti – The Night of Lord Shiva.
Chaite Dashain so named because it falls in the month of Chaitra. This festival celebrates the victory of good over evil.Thus Goddess Durga is worshipped during this festival . According to a Hindu legend it was Goddess Durga who helped Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu) to slay the demon king Ravana. Ram killed Ravana on the 9th of the Nepali month Chaitra, so the second day of the festival is called Ram Nawami (‘Nawami’ stands for the ninth day).
On this day Hindus offer animal sacrifices to Goddess Durga at the temples dedicated to Goddess Durga and other Goddesses who are manifestations of Goddess Durga. Water buffaloes and goats are sacrificed at the temples’ altars. Major sacrifices take place near the Hanuman Dhoka palace at the guardhouse and also at Bhaktapur Durbar Square.