Tihar- Festival of Flowers and Lights

Today was Day 1 of Tihar and I had fully planned to prepare a posting on this important festival. Since my friend Shree did such an amazing job, I am re-blogging his posting – thanks Shree! Enjoy.

Phoolbari- A Garden (फूलबारी- एक बगैंचा)

Tihar (Nepali: तिहार) is a five-day-long Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal which comes soon after Dashain. It is same as Deepawali celebrated by the hindus in India, Sri Lanka,Bangladesh, Guyana, Surinam, Europe and NortH America but with a regional variation. In Nepal, all Hindu ethnic groups celebrate this festival with their own variation.For the majority Hindus, it is the festival of lights. 95% of the people in Nepal are Hindus and they celebrate tihar ( deepawali or diwali) by worshiping the Hindu goddess Laxmi for all five days. The majority brahmins and the chhetris communities celebrate it for five days. Among the ethnic newari community in the kathmandu valley, it is popularly known as Deepawali or Swanti. The festival is celebrated from Trayodashi of Kartik Krishna to Kartik Shukla Dwitiya every year. Tihar in general signifies the festival of lights, where diyas are lit both inside and outside the houses…

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About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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