Spending a Month in “Goth” – Chhaupadi Pratha


In my recent visit to Nepal, my ol’ childhood good friends invited me to their office for a meeting. They have been working in the field of child rights and education. In their debriefing on how they are impacting the Nepali society in the far west Nepal, my friend told me that their vigorous effort to eliminate the malpractice of spending a month in “goth” or … Continue reading Spending a Month in “Goth” – Chhaupadi Pratha

A Fruit as a Bridegroom?


Newah people still practice child marriage! A little girl, at one point of her life before her puberty, gets dressed up as an adult bride and gets married. Don’t get goosebumps! Nevertheless, this is a ritual phenomena known as Ihi. In this process, a girl goes through certain rituals that confirms her getting married with a god, understandably Shiva to ensure that the girl becomes and remains … Continue reading A Fruit as a Bridegroom?

“Sikali Jatra” Kicks Off


By Kabita Maharjan Khokana, the traditional suburb occupied by 4258 people, according to Population Census 2001, and 7 km far away from the capital city in Nepal has a very unique and eve-famous festival called Khokana Jatra or Sikali Jatra. It begins on 29th of September and concludes on 3rd of October. The custom, traditions, and  life style is still far from modernization. Even being … Continue reading “Sikali Jatra” Kicks Off

Khokanā Mahotsav Concluded


By Amrit Dangol and Nirmala Dangol| Photo: Amrit Dangol and Sajana Dangol Today is the last day of Khokanā Mahotsav. People seemed even more interested today, as the flavor of pure Newāri was going to end today. The day started with a cold morning, but got warmer as the da progressed. The warmth of the sun encouraged the enthusiastic visitors to tour the Khokanā Mahotsav. … Continue reading Khokanā Mahotsav Concluded

Khokanā Mahotsav – 2nd Day


By Amrit Dangol 16th January 2011 The second day of Khokanā Mahotsav went very well. Though it rained almost all day, the visitors did not feel the least discouraged or disinterested.  The visitors seemed unhappy about the rain and there was a decline in the number of visitors in comparison to the first day. The roads of Khokanā were all muddy making it difficult to … Continue reading Khokanā Mahotsav – 2nd Day

Updates: Khokanā Mahotsav


We’ve received some pictures of the first day of the Khokanā Mahotsav 2011 that began today. Women are making Chatāmari in the food-stand in Nayajho, 7th Street. Photo: Kabita Maharjan ————————————————————————————— ©swaniga.com| Photo: Man Hari Maharjan —————————————————————————————- Continue reading Updates: Khokanā Mahotsav