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Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« on: October 20, 2008, 08:32:20 AM »
Deepawali, which literally means ?the row of lamps? is celebrated
as the festival of lights. This year it falls on         the 30th of October. This festival is also called ?Tihar?, which lasts for five consecutive days and is observed in honour of  Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth and good luck. It is the most friendly of festivals observed throughout Nepal and also India. Laxmi, the Goddess of prosperity and good fortune is invited into every  home. All people enjoy five days of feasting and family gatherings. It also heralds the advent of autumn in Nepal.

Laxmi puja is observed on the auspicious occasion of Deepawali.This is the third day of Tihar when the sacred cow is worshipped with great honour. Hindus worship and regard cow as their holy mother. So we worship the holy cow in the morning with garlands of flowers and apply red tika on her foreheads. This ceremony is solemnised with reverance in the morning hours of Deepawali. This tradition was initiated by the people of Ayodhyaya to express their boundless joy when Lord Rama returned after his fourteen years? exile.

A few days before Tihar, preparations are seen in full swing for cleaning and whitewashing to add new look to houses and buildings. During this festival houses, shops, offices, factories and mills are brightly decorated with lights and traditional lamps. It is a time of lights and tinsel decorations. This type of illumination is done for three consecutive days, beginning from the first day of Tihar. But special light arrangements are done on the day of Laxmi puja. Flickering oil-traditional lamps lighten all courtyards, doorways, roof-tops, verandahs and windows. People stroll around in new clothes and buy sweets and gifts. In this way, this festival gives glimpse of a traditional Christmas.

After the illumination in the evening the main part of Laxmi puja is performed during the night. An illuminated and well-decorated house attracts the attention of the Goddess of prosperity. It is believed that the Goddess of wealth is ritually invited to enter the house and offer blessing to its occupants. For this purpose a ritualistic drawing is made of purified cow-dung plaster to guide the way for Laxmi in front of the main door. From the drawing a trail of plaster or rice and red vermilion leads into the house and the room where Laxmi is worshipped with utmost devotion and dedication. A beautifully decorated image of the Goddess Laxmi is placed before the family treasure box or safe which contains valuables. Prayers are offered to make them multiply. Throughout the whole night the earthen lamps filled with ghee or pure mustard oil, are kept burning at the place where the Goddess of wealth is worshipped. Everybody tries his level best to welcome and please the goddess of prosperity. She loves light and sacred cowrie (conch) shells. Children love to play with fireworks during Tihar and especially on Laxmi Puja day. However, as fire crackers could be dangerous and harmful they are banned in Nepal these days.

All monetary transactions are forbidden on this auspicious occasion. The only exception is the giving of small coins and food (selroti) ? to small groups of Bhailo singers. Groups of singers go door to door singing and dancing and asking for money. This is a timebound tradition. Girls are supposed to ask for money on this solemn occasion. Boys turn comes next day, which is called Dheunsi.

The last day of Tihar is celebrated by sisters worshipping their brothers. This is called bhai tika. All sisters honour and worship their brothers for blessings and wish them success in all their ventures.
source : nepal traveller Vol:19 No: 12

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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2008, 09:50:24 AM »
This festival is greatest of all and  with the jhili-mili batti ,deusi bhailo,receving tika from sister....

Really awesome festival to teasure .......

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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2008, 09:55:41 AM »
Jhilimili Parana Yo Ghar Ko Dhoka Ugharana
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Dada gau hami dhayera ayera hamro ghar ho
gairi gau mana ka dhani rahena chan yaha
jam hida sathi pharki jam bhailenni.

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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2008, 10:08:48 AM »
ani paisa golmal garau lau ni .. pachi hamro bhag ma kaam aaula ni...He He....

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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2008, 10:12:32 AM »
Ani khai resi lai ta vhailini geet gaunu nai aaudai na rahecha....

Bhailini aaeen aagana , Badali kudali rakha na
Hee aausi ko dina ,Gai tihara bhilo.....

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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2008, 05:04:01 PM »
timile gai halchu ni malai k ko chinta
ma ha ma ha thapne vaihalyo ni
poisa bokne chai ma hai vani diyeko chu aile nai :p
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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2008, 08:25:26 PM »
la timilai nai jimma deula ani nacha chai ramro sanga practice garne.....

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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2008, 06:41:53 PM »
maa chai k garnu ni

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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2008, 07:27:14 PM »
dai le madal bajaune

madal bajauna sikaye ko hoina ra???


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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2008, 03:15:23 PM »
tihar - festival of brother and sisters
tihar  - festival of animals
tihar - festival of soul puja , for newa community

Deepawali ---- festival of lights

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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2008, 08:23:00 PM »
la timilai nai jimma deula ani nacha chai ramro sanga practice garne.....

i am a good dancer :laukha:
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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2008, 01:28:17 PM »
Same here!! :yahoo:

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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2008, 04:14:46 PM »
Same here!! :yahoo:
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Re: Deepawali-The Festival of Lights
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2008, 08:32:10 AM »
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