Monday, September 24, 2007

I haven’t heard of this festival as of yet but it is in existence. It’s called Gaura. It is celebrated right after Biswokarma Puja. I read in one of the old magazines about it. I tried to find it out but was unable to find much detail. I only got out some parts of the magazines which I am trying to review today. Nepal really has various customs and tradition as it is a place where lots of groups and castes of people live in. So there are so many numerous amounts of festivals that it seems quite difficult to get all account of.

Speaking of Gaura festival, as written in the magazine, it is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in the far western region of Nepal. It is observed by married women, and the ceremonies extend from the fifth to the eighth day of the bright lunar fortnight also called Astami in Nepali. During the festival, the women worship various deities and make ritual offerings to those deities. Devotees pay homage to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati and seek their blessings.


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