Category Archive: Festivals

Celebrate Holi with Utpalasia!

Come celebrate Holi Festival with us at Durga Temple this coming Saturday, March 3 as some of our junior dancers present Bollywood and Kathak items in the cultural program, which begins at 1:30. Holika Dahan will be from 5:30 to 5:30pm. Details are available here:

Celebrating Bhai Tika!

Wishing all brothers and sisters a very happy, auspicious, and wonderful Bhai Tika! Sisters offer tika to their brothers and wish them a long life, health, and prosperity. In a special ceremony, they are garlanded and given sweets, walnuts, breads, and spices. The brothers, in turn, offer tika to their sisters and give them gifts. The festival is based on the legend of a sister saving her brother’s life from Yama, the god of death, and is so firmly rooted in Nepali tradition that even those without siblings take part in the festival with those they may consider as brothers or sisters.

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International Festival in Alexandria

Join us tomorrow for the International Festival in Alexandria, Virginia when Utpalasia kicks off the show at 12pm with Bollywood classics and some new hits! It promises to be a beautiful day, so why not grab the kids and come out to Waterfront Park to enjoy the food, fun, and festivities!

Wishing all a blessed and wonderful Tihar (Diwali)! Colorful lights, sweets, the worship of certain animals and birds, and the playing of deusi bhailo make up some of the unique and fascinating aspects of this traditional and eagerly awaited holiday in Nepal. 

Durga Temple Cultural Performance

Thanks to all who turned out to support our youngest dancers as they enchanted the audience with their Bollywood and Kathak items for Dussehra/Dashain at Durga Temple on Saturday. It was exciting to see our performers present original choreography by Tasherit with so much grace and charm. You rocked the stage and the house!!


Happy Dashain 2017

A very Happy Dashain to all from everyone here at Utpalasia! Join us at Durga Temple in Fairfax Station on September 30 as we participate in the annual Dussehra Cultural Program. Students from some of our classes will be presenting two Bollywood items and a traditional Kathak religious piece from 5:00-6:00pm. More info: We hope to see you there!


Happy Teej!

The women of Nepal are thronging Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu and their natal village homes to celebrate a unique festival which takes places each year in the month of Bhadau. Resplendent in their red saris, sindoor powder, glass bangles, and tilhari necklaces women sing and dance and perform cultural programs. The festival begins lasts for five days and includes prayer, fasting, puja, nightly vigils, and ritual bathing. You can see more here:

A woman dance during Haritalika Teej Festival at Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square in the capital on Thursday. During the festival, Nepalese Hindu women observe a day-long fast and pray for their husbands and for a happy married life. Those who are unmarried pray for a good husband. August 24, 2017. PHOTO/SANJOG MANANDHAR

Buddha Jayanti

Kathmandu celebrated Buddha Jayanti at a freshly cleaned and painted Swayambhunath. Honoring the 2561st anniversary of the birthday of Lord Buddha, the day included special events for worship and prayer, social programs, and other festivities, including a beautiful night illumination. See more at



Kathmandu Celebrates Tihar!

tihar2016Devotees celebrated Laxmi and cow puja yesterday, with many women creating beautiful rangoli designs, cleaning, and setting up multi-colored lights to invite the goddess of wealth into their homes. Today, Newars observe Mha puja, or worship of self. This will be followed by Bhai Tika, or offerings to brothers by sisters tomorrow. We wish everyone a wonderful holiday with family and friends!

A Happy Kukur Tihar to All our Four-Footed Friends!

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