It’s holiday time again in Nepal! Navaratri has begun and people are on the move to rejoin their families and friends for the largest Hindu festival of the year. Bus tickets have sold out and local bazaars are jammed with enthusiastic holiday shoppers looking for traditional gifts of clothing and accessories for their loved ones.
Thousands of buffalo, goats, chickens, and pigs will be sacrificed during Dashain. Curiously, goat meat is called “mutton” by Nepalis, while mutton to Westerners means meat only from a sheep.
Dashain symbolizes the triumph of Good over Evil and celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur on Mahanavami (the 9th day). This year Vijaya Dashami, the 10th day of the festival, will be celebrated on October 8. The auspicious time for receiving tika from elders has been determined to be 10:35 am.
We wish everyone a most joyous Dashain with all blessings, prosperity, and happiness!
Bring the family for an incredible day of fun, food, and entertainment as the University of Mary Washington presents its 2019 Multicultural Festival, rain or shine. Shop with hundreds of vendors from around the world, watch diverse music performances, eat delicious specialties, and participate in free workshops for all ages. Kids have a dedicated activity center, too! Utpalasia will be presenting a program of original fusion, classical Indian, and folk dance at 2:15 in Monroe Hall. We hope you’ll join us! The event runs from 10am to 5pm. Parking is free.
Come and enjoy cultural performances, great food, stalls, and the beloved colored powder festival that follows Durga Temple’s Holi celebration on Saturday March 30 from 2-6 pm. See you there!
Researcher Rolf Hotz from Switzerland has been in Nepal since the beginning of 2019 working on his Masters in linguistics. His current topic involves the Chintang language, something the University of Zurich has been studying for quite some time. Their research has been so in-depth that they have even published a dictionary. Chintang is a small, endangered Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the hills of Eastern Nepal (Dhanakuṭā Jillā, Chintāṅā VDC). The language was only recognized as being distinct from its neighbors in the early 2000’s. People live in villages near the Sunkoshi, Arun and Tamur rivers at an altitude of 900 to 1300 meters and dialects can often vary according to what ‘level’ of the steep trail your hamlet might be located on.
The Chintang Rai follow their Kiranti traditions, which are different from local Hinduism in a number of ways; they do ancestral worship, have other gods, and perform variations of puja. For example, the shaman recites the mundhum (a spiritual, rhythmic and shamanic form of scripture) followed by a veneration of 3 heart stones. Chintang celebrate Nuwagi, the first fruits offering of newly harvested rice, at the time of Dasain. There is also worship of Rajdeu, a Kiranti king (‘master or lord of the land’) and Pomnari, his minister.
Rolf’s focus is one specific aspect of Chintang Rai language: benefactive constructions, or what is usually translated as -ko laagi (‘for someone’) in Nepali. His presence in the villages of the region has caused quite a stir as people are elated to see the interest in their language and culture; he is now revered as a ‘master teacher’ and has made his debut in the local paper. We’ll be following our colleague with great interest and be updating his progress from time to time. Research projects such as this hit home the importance of preserving indigenous languages and it is thanks to individuals like Rolf Hotz that we will have not only data, but an understanding of the significance of Chintang language + Rai culture in a rapidly changing Nepal. To read more, go to https://sangalokhabar.com/57019
Need to find that unique piece for someone you love? Check out our shop at http://bit.ly/YakYakYakNepal and take advantage of our Valentine’s Day sale, which includes stunning vintage pieces, updated traditional styles, bold and chic eye-catching wearable art, and more!
Vintage Tibetan Sterling Silver Fish Earrings
The holidays are just around the corner, and we hope you’ll visit our shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/YakYakYakNepal?ref=shop_sugg on Etsy to discover unusual and rare vintage finds in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, such as earrings, rings, cuffs, and more! Our custom design series is a new expression of traditional styles worn in the Himalayas. Each piece is handmade and individual. We believe jewelry is never just jewelry, but wearable art with a meaning. Find that special piece for someone you love – or for yourself. Happy shopping!
Posted November 6, 2018. Filed under Festivals.
Hinduism’s second most beloved festival – Tihar – is in its second day, celebrating Kukur Puja, during which furry friends are garlanded with flowers, given tika, and offered special treats. Dogs have long been seen as man’s faithful companion, and so this holiday honors and worships them. Devotees take holy baths and light yamadeep lamps, facing them south on the river in the hope that they will not go to Hell, but rather be accompanied by the Kukur to Heaven.
Posted October 18, 2018. Filed under Festivals.
Wishing all of our family, friends, students, and collaborators a very beautiful Dashain Festival! May goddess Durga bless everyone with health, success, happiness, and love.
Come join this awesome event as mountaineer legend, #ReinholdMessner, leads a #yak drive to mountain pastures in #Sulden (Solda) in South Tyrol, Italy on June 28. Groups can meet up at the cable car in Sulden and enjoy this free event, which also features a mountain talk followed by an autograph signing for guests of the MMM (#MessnerMountainMuseum) at Ortles (with admission). For more info on the six Messner Museums, visit http://www.messner-mountain-museum.it/en/
We had an epic day at the One Journey Festival held on the lawn outside the impressive National Cathedral in Washington DC. The weather was on our side, the artists were amazing, the food delicious, the music terrific, and the message clear: Welcome Refugees. Thanks to all of our beautiful and talented dancers who participated in the event – you were awesome! We can’t wait for next year!!