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Diwali (Tihar) Festival Tour 24 October 2022

  • Duration: 14 Days
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Diwali is spelled Divali, one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism in Nepal, lasting for five days celebrated from the 13th day after the full moon.
In fact, some Nepalese refer to as “Diwali” the time to based on the new moon of the Hindu month of (Kartik) October, but extends two days before and after event. Those five days festival in hindu calendar, occur in November or October, variying from year to year.

Even though every Hindu ethnic group in Nepal celebrates Tihar, slightly on a different way, the main outline remains same everywhere. The earthen lantern (diya) burns around the house every night during the Festival of Lights. and people use pigmented rice, flour, sand and flower petals to make rangoli, which are decorative patterns on the floor and outside of the house. It means to honor and welcome various Hindu deities and goddesses entry to the home. Respect for various animals are also of high importance during the festival.

The following practices are prevalent in Nepal during this five days festival, called Tihar:

First day, Kaag Tihar: crows and hawks are worshiped and fed with sweet and savory food, left for them to be found on the Hindu roofs. The crow is a symbol of mourning for the Hindus, and feeding the crows is believed to save people from various calamities.
Second day, Kukur Tihar: for dogs. The dog is considered to be the messenger of the god of death and worshipped every year. People offer them a garland  necklace, and a red or white dots (tika) on the forehead.

Third day, Diwali or Laxmi Pujja:  This day starts with worshipping cows in the morning. Cow is considered as a symbol of prosperity, so garlands and incense are presented to her. On the evening of this third day, Laxmi Pujja, the goddess of wealth is worshipped by lighting oil lamps in front of  the door and on all the windows of the houses. Music, singing and dancing and also performed from house to house in exchange of presents.

Fourth day:  Like cow and dog, bull also worshiped. Although not all Hindus, some worship Govardhan hill on this day and make a mini mount of cow dung. Dung is also used in Nepal without wasting anything.

Fifth day, Bhai Tikka, the last day of the festival: The sisters bless their brothers to protect their longevity and bring them a happy life. The tradition is based on the story of a Hindu goddess who did the same to her brother. In a special ceremony, the sisters worship their brothers, putting seven colors on their foreheads, and exchange gifts. Then the family enjoys taking photos.

Participate to this grand Tihar festival in Kathmandu. It is by far the largest and most colorful one. The streets of the city will be bright at night, and there will be many religious and cultural festivities. In small villages, festivals are interesting for their uniqueness, while Kathmandu is easily the main attraction.
Those who find themselves in Nepal during the festival would like to participate in the following activities.

Furthermore, if you need help to manage plans for this celebration, kindly keep in touch with Himalayanrandoner, we will support you.

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    14 days
  • Best Time:
    24-25-26-27-October 2022
  • Group Size:
    1-20 Pax

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