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Festival Time: Amuwa

Dancers for Tihar Festival

Dancers for Tihar Festival

A 5 day Festival with honor given to a different animal on each day. Goddess Laxmi also has a special puja day. Tika and puja (prayer) given to cow today. We are told that cows give us milk and are like our Mother. Doors and windows of school opened during this time with candles and oil lamps placed in sills and door entrances. Candles and oil lamps are lit at night to welcome and guide Laxmi into homes as she likes darkness. The oil is refilled during evening. School yard is swept, bus is cleaned and everything is in good order for the Festival.
Groups of children visit door to door with traditional song and dance. Some groups more sophisticated technically, plug in CD players with speakers. At times, the music leans towards Hindi pop songs with dance moves to match. Performances are rewarded with money, candy, rice and fruit. A local who now lives and works in Goa, explains that children collect all of the offerings and then purchase what they need to make a party and enjoy.
One older group, whom were particularly technically advanced, and much enjoyed Hindi music, danced many songs and took many selfies for their Facebook page. Many requests made to become Facebook friends. Fairly certain this same group returned the following night, but much later to continue the celebration. 1:30 AM was too late to pull out of a warm bed to dance once again.

Posted by Shantitraveler 09:51 Archived in Nepal Tagged festival time nepal puja terai

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