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Christmas in Nepal – Celebration 2020

Christmas in Nepal


Festival is the most important and exciting part of our lives. All the religion have their own way of celebrating the festival. Likewise, Hindus celebrate Dashain and Tihar as their main festival, Muslims celebrate eid as their main festival and Christians celebrate as their main festival. Being a secular state all these small and big festivals are celebrated in Nepal with the same excitement and energy. As the majority of the country’s population are Hindus but there has not been any dispute on the name of religion in Nepal. We all respect and celebrate each other’s festivals and also Christmas in Nepal. Nepal was declared a secular state in 2007.

And since then Christmas has been celebrating as one of the national festivals in Nepal. From then all over Nepal Christmas is celebrated by decorating Christmas trees colorfully and giving gifts. All the shops and malls in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Pokhara are decorated with trees, lights, and artificial snowman. The government also organize different social programs on the occasion of this festival. There are also many churches in different places all over the country, where people visit during Christmas. Christmas in Nepal is celebrated in Nepali ways. People celebrated by visiting the church, giving feasts, and exchanging gifts. For a few years, people have also been feeding homeless people on the occasion of Christmas. In Nepal Christmas falls on December 25th. Every year people attend music shows, concerts, and Christmas programs Christmas. Attending and hosting parties are also done during this festival.

How is Christmas celebrate in Nepal?


Christmas is a festival of light and snow. Christmas is celebrated all over Nepal with lots of excitement and energy. Although the number of people who follow this religion is slightly lesser than the people following other religions. Christmas is also considered a national festival in Nepal. Shopping for Christmas begins at the start of December. Thamel is a place that you must visit during Christmas. During the festival of Christmas, the entire Thamel bazaar is decorated with lights and Christmas trees everywhere. There are different party’s concerts and programs in Thamel during this festival. People greet everyone and wish for good health and wellbeing for everyone.

Christmas Nepal

On the occasion of Christmas, our president Bidhya Devi Bhandari and our prime minister KP Sharma Oli express their greeting good health, prosperity, peace, and happiness to all the citizens of a country and to all Christians. Especially children are seen more excited for the Christmas as they will get gifts and Santa clause. Unlike other festivals in Nepal, you can eat non-vegetarian food at Christmas. Mostly roasted chicken, vegetable salad, and other Nepali foods along with turkey, pumpkin pies, and Christmas puddings are made in a feast during this festival. Many restaurants offer discounts during this time of the year.

You will have to visit churches during Christmas as it is decorated in the most beautiful way. Christmas Trees are decorated beautifully with bells, stars, reindeers, gift boxes, and many other decorations and the twinkling stars add more beauty to the decoration. People sing and dance in the church they thank Jesus for giving them life. Normally, Christian people host parties or any kind of feast in their house.

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Merry Christmas in Nepal


Christmas is celebrated globally on the birthday of Jesus Christ. They celebrate this day to remember the sacrifice made by Jesus on earth. Although the exact day on which Jesus Christ was born is unknown till now. However, it is said that he was born around 7 BC, which was during the 4th century. Before this time people used to worship and celebrate this day secretly. Christmas was officially started celebrating on December 25th by the western church later on the eastern country also started celebrating Christmas on the same day.

During the 4th century before the birth of Jesus Christ people used to celebrate light during mid-winter. People used to celebrate that the worst part of the year winter has ended and they could see the sun and feel warm. People used to worship different gods for the summer, Germans used to thank and worship god Oden and Romans would worship Saturn who is also known as the God of agriculture. But after the birth of Jesus Christ people started celebrating Christmas.

Christmas in Nepal 

The history behind Christmas Celebration

Years ago prophets had promised Jewish people of the western region that God would send them savior and teacher to teach them about the importance of life. Now after the birth of Jesus people started to believe that Jesus Christ is the savior and teacher that god had sent. Jesus’s mother was a young lady and was engaged and got pregnant. Due to some reason, the engagement could not turn into a marriage. Jesus’ father’s name was Joseph and he was kind of upset that his fiancé was pregnant. Then an angel came to him and told him that the baby would be a holy one and he had to take good care of the baby.

According to the Roman ruler, all the people have to move back to their home of the tax. Joseph took his wife and to the stable and his wife had a baby at the same stable and named the baby Jesus Christ. On the same night, there came two visitors. The first visitor was shepherds in the fields that they would find a newborn king lying in an animals’ feed bin. And the next visitor was a wise man who recently saw a new star in the sky and followed it until he found the stable in which Jesus was born. So this is how Jesus was born. And now Christmas is celebrated to remember these incidents of Jesus Christ. Every year 25th December as the birth of Jesus Christ.

Chrismas start from the king of Rome Constantine

The official celebration of Christmas was started by the king of Rome Constantine. In Nepal celebrated since 2007 after Nepal was declared as a secular state. During the rule of arenas during 1950, BS Nepal Christians went to India as celebrating Christmas was not allowed in Nepal. But after the Rana rule collapsed all the Christian people came back to Nepal. After that many international agencies like the United Mission to Nepal and International Nepal Fellowship were established in Nepal along with these agencies Christianity started to increase in Nepal. After that slow churches were started to build.

Now many national and international organization has been giving relief and donation to homeless and elderly people through the churches. Now a day’s maximum of churches has been serving Nepal as a shelter for elderly and homeless people. They also have been providing free education. Nowadays people have been attracted to Christianity more.

 

Santa clause in Merry Christmas

Santa clause is one of the most exciting things about Christmas. Years ago in Turkey, there was a famous monk named st. Nicholas. He was famous for the piety and kindness he showed to all the people. He belonged to a rich and wealthy family. Then he traveled to the countryside and gave all his wealth to the poor and sick. Once he saved three poor girls who were sold by their fathers to slavery and prostitution.

Then he traveled into many places he saved thousands of children from child labor and gave them a good life. So because of his kind habit, he is known as Santa clause all around the world. So from then, every child waits for the gift from Santa clause during Christmas. Children are fonder of Santa clause. During Christmas, many parents dress up as Santa clause and gave their children gifts.

Christmas Song

Jingle Bells

James Pierpont – 1857

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh
Over the fields we go, laughing all the way;
Bells on bob-tail ring, making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight

Chorus
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh

A day or two ago, I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side;
The horse was lean and lank, misfortune seemed his lot;
He got into a drifted bank and we got upset
(Chorus)

A day or two ago, the story I must tell
I went out on the snow, and on my back, I fell;
A gent was riding by, in a one-horse open sleigh
He laughed as there I sprawling lie but quickly drove away
(Chorus)

Now the ground is white, go it while you’re young
Take the girls tonight, and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bob-tailed bay, two-forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh and crack! You’ll take the lead
(Chorus)

 

International Christmas at Kathmandu, Nepal

The Christmas season in Kathmandu is a very fun and exciting time of the year. As Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, there are many big malls and shops in Kathmandu. You can celebrate your best Christmas in Kathmandu. Thamel is the best place where you can spend your Christmas. All the shops in Thamel are decorated with lights. You can see the Christmas trees decorated with lights and glitters in every shop. There is also an artificial snowman all around the road in Thamel.

As deforestation is not allowed nowadays but for celebrating Christmas there are different artificial trees which are environment friendly. The artificial trees during Christmas can be stored for further use. Most of the people in Kathmandu wear the famous Santa cap and give the Christmas vibe. You can get Christmas special meals like chicken, vegetable salad, and other Nepali foods along with turkey, pumpkin pies, and Christmas puddings in the restaurant of Kathmandu. During this time of the year, many restaurants tend to give discounts to customers especially tourists. There are also many churches in Kathmandu which you can visit. People celebrate Christmas in churches by singing, dancing, and performing the different Jesus Christ’s acts.

People in the church tell a lot of Christmas related story. Santa clause will be giving presents to all the children in the church. There are different concerts and programs held in any part of the country on the occasion of Christmas. Although we Nepali people follow the Hindu and celebrate Hindu New Year we also celebrate English New Year with the same enthusiasm. People most go to clubs and parties for celebrating New Year and Christmas. Kathmandu is the main point where normally tourists tend to spend their Christmas and New Year.

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Christmas 2021

Christmas is an international festival. People almost around the country celebrate Christmas. Every year for Christmas in Nepal. people gather together during this festival and celebrate it with family and friends. But this year 2020 during the pandemic many of us are in lockdown. The risk of coronavirus is all around the world. The entire world is suffering from this virus. Many people around the world have lost their life due to this disease. On the other hand, we should also celebrate our festival and save our culture. During this crucial time, we must be careful while celebrating the festival. The government has prohibited public gatherings and celebrating festivals.

But during this time for Christmas in Nepal, we must celebrate the festival cautiously. Thanks to invention and technology there have been many virtual ways of celebrating festivals. Video conference with the family will keep you close to your near once during this festive season. Also, there are many online stores that provide a safe delivery system. You can send gifts and food via online stores to your family or friends.

Celebrate your Chrismas in Kathmandu

This year Christmas is not going to be the same as the previous year. And this year we will pray for the wellbeing of our family and people around the world. Here are the things which should be considered while celebrating Christmas 2021. We should avoid public gatherings this year. It is not good to go to Christmas or New Year parties. We do not know who among us are infected as anyone can be affected by this deadly virus. We will have to make sure that everyone in our family is wearing masks and is safe. As we all know coronavirus can be very dangerous to old age people and children. We have to make sure that they are safe and they do not catch this virus.

As mention by the government, we should not walk and travel anywhere unless it is absolutely necessary. We should keep our hands sanitize. Hand sanitizer is very important during this time as it kills the virus. We should use sanitizer every time when you go out. There are many people around the world who are not able to eat or feed their families because of this lockdown.

Many people have lost the home and job due to the lockdown as the whole world is suffering from financial. And Festival is all about happiness so we should help needy people in a crucial time. We should eat the food which will help to increase our immunity power. Increasing immunity will help us to fight against this deadly disease. We have to be safe and celebrate Christmas in Nepal differently during this year. Stay happy and stay safe!!!!

 

Chhath Festival – Nepal Chhath Puja, 2021 Date and Its Celebration

Chhath Festival in Nepal

Nepal is a country of festivals and religion. Each year there are lots of festivals to celebrate in Nepal. The Nepali calendar will be all covered by the festivals.  Dashain, Tihar, chat, Holi, Janai Purnima, and Sangrati, etc. are the major festival which is celebrated in Nepal.  Chhath Festival is one of the most important Hindu festivals in which lord Surya (sun) is worshipped.  Chhath puja is commonly known as Chhath Parva, Dala Chhath, Surya Shasthi, and Chaithi. This is celebrated in different parts of the world including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh of India, and the Maithili region of Nepal.  Chhath Parva starts after the end of Tihar in Nepal. According to the Hindu calendar, Chhath Parva falls on the month of Kartik. This festival is mainly celebrated for thanking Suryabhagwan for the life on earth. Unlike other Hindu festivals, Chhath Parva does not involve idolatry.

 

Chhath Festival in Nepal

Chhath Parva is the main festival of Maithili culture because Chhath Parva is mentioned in both Ramayana and Mahabharata. The rituals of Chhath puja is mostly done during the morning, during sunrise because Hindu people believe that the light of the sun during the early morning helps to cure many diseases. Chhath Parva is beneficial for both health and the environment. The main rituals of this festival are observed on the fourth day of the rituals. The rituals mainly include taking a holy bath in the river, fasting, standing and worshiping the sun for a long time, and offering Prasad to mostly married women. In this festival, Married women take fast for prosper and longer life of their family.

It is believed that when you take a dip in the river during Chhath puja all your sin will be flown away by the water. Since Chhath puja falls during the month of November, it is also said the rituals during Chhath puja will kill all the bacteria of your body and prepares your body for the coming winter season.

Chhath festival

 

Significance of Chhath Puja

Interestingly, Surya is the main god that is worshipped during Chhath. People thank lord Surya for the light and for making their lives on the earth possible. Particularly, they worship lord Surya during times of sunrise and sunset. Especially women fast the whole day and eat only after the sunset during Chhath Parva. Devotees also worship goddess Usha and Pratyusha along with lord sun. Usha is the first ray of sun, the sun rays during morning and pratyusha are the last ray of sun in the evening, during the festival.

As the sun is the source of healing so, people having some minor disease also do the rituals of this festival. This festival aware people of the conservation of nature and also teaches the importance of the environment. People who are involved in agriculture also celebrate this festival thanking god for the good harvest in the season just ended and also for the coming season. According to Hindu scriptures offering lord, Surya different Prasad like Thekku, Laddu, Kheer, fruits in bamboo minnows will make the lord happy and heal everyone from their problems. People during this festival eat pure vegetarian food without onion and garlic and the Prashad is made without salt.

Along with the religious importance Chhath puja also have scientific importance. It is said that when you take dips in the water while exposed to the sun our body’s bio-electricity flow is increased which overall improves the functionality of the body.

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Chhath puja 2021

There are different festivals celebrated in Nepal. Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath puja are some of the major festivals of the Hindu religion. We all have been celebrating festivals with our family, friends, and neighbor by sharing our happiness with them. But this year due to the danger of Covid-19 widely known as coronavirus, we will be celebrating the festival differently.  Due to the critics of this virus, we will not be able to celebrate the festival with our family and friend as before. But as festivals are very important parts of our life, we must celebrate the festival taking safety precautions.

We have to celebrate these festivals with the same energy and excitement as last year but following necessary precautions. As the government has prohibited huge public gatherings and outings, this time we will celebrate Chhath puja with less crowd and in some cases virtually. Instead of going out for Chhath puja this time we celebrate this festival from home. There are different virtual ways of celebrating Chhath puja.  Here are different ways to celebrate Chhath puja this year.

 

Celebration Chhath Parva through Video call

We all have been celebrating the festival with our family and friends. As this year due to Covid-19, there will not be a possibility to travel and celebrate this festival. But we surely could talk to them via video call and enjoy the rituals and enjoy with the same energy. As technology has made communication easier, the video call is the best virtual way to celebrate the festival and get connected to our close ones.

Distributing Virtual gifts

Gifts are always an exciting part of festivals.  Without exchanging gifts the festival may feel life boring. However, the pandemic has changed the situation and the best way to exchange gifts would be virtual gifts. There are different online stores like Daraz, Foodmario, Bhojmario, etc which will provide a delivery system with safety precautions. You can buy gifts for your family and friends and the store will deliver it to them.

Chhath festival Nepal

History of Chhath puja

Chhath puja is all about worshipping Lord Surya for a longer, happier, and prosperous life on the earth. Since the origin of this festival is unclear and indefinite, however, there are some ancient beliefs on the history of Chhath puja. Chhath Puja carries interesting History. The puja is mentioned in both the holy book of Hindus Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Chhath puja on Mahabharata

Along with five Pandavs, Kunti also gave birth to another child before birth as she was given magical power. That child was the son of Lord Surya. He used to stand in front of the Ganga River and used to offer his prayer to Lord Surya and started Chhath puja however, it is also said that Draupadi and Pandav performed the same prayer when they got there kingdom Indraprastha back from Kauravs. So from that period Chhath puja is celebrated.

Chhath puja on Ramayana

It is also believed that Lord Ram is also associated with Chhath puja. After Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman return after 14 years of Banbash to Ayodhya. Lord Ram and Sita took a fast for a whole day and eat after sunset in the honor of Lord Surya. So from then, it is said that every year Chhath puja is celebrated in the honor of Lord Surya.

 

Rituals which are involved on Chhath puja

Chhath Parva is started from the start of Kartik month. There are many small rituals throughout the month but the important rituals are performed after about 4 or 5 days of Diwali.

Chhath puja is a four-day ritual that is mainly celebrated in the Mithila region of Nepal and various parts of India. Chhath Puja always falls on the fourth day after Diwali ends. This year puja is celebrated on November 20,

Friday. On this day the major celebration would take place in different parts of the country, People of the Kathmandu valley can see wonderfully decorated Kamalpokhari. There will be a huge crowd of people at this place. And the decoration will look extraordinary. The worshipper would offer” Argha” to the Sun God during sunset.

And distribute Prasad to all the devotees presented at the rituals. However, the situation may be different this time due to Covid-19. The crowd of people would be less as compared to the previous year and also people must follow all the rules and regulations to prevent Pandemic.

Day 1: Naya Khay

The first day of this festival is called Naya Khay. On this day devotee take a dip on the river. Karnali, Koshi, and Ganga are the main rivers to take a dip during this festival. But you can take a dip near your home. After the holy dip devotee takes the water of the river to their home. it is believed that taking that water on your home will keep bad energy away. After that devotee takes fast for the whole day without even drinking water and after sunset, they will have Prashad.

Day 2: Lokhanda or kharna

The second day of Chhath puja is called lokhanda or khana. on this day devotee take bath early in the morning. After the bath, they worship the sun and start their fast. During that day they dance and sing and after the sunset, they have their meal. After that, they worship sunset and the moon in the evening. The devotee will offer kheer, rice, and banana to their family members. After that, they will keep fast for another whole day.

Day 3: Sandhya Arghya

The third day of Chhath puja is called Sandhya Arghya. During this day people will continue their fasting from the last day. They will not even have water during that day. The devotee will spend their entire day doing puja they will make and offer the Prashad to other people. Thekua, coconut banana, and other seasonal fruits are very important for making Prashad. After that, all the devotees will get together on the bank of the river or pond and offer their prayer to the lord’s sun.

Chhath festival

Day 4: Bihaniya or Bhorwa Ghat (Morning Arghya)

This is the last and final day of Chhath puja. On this day devotee wake up early in the morning and take a bath. After that devotees will again gather together on the bank of the river, pond, or any water bodies. They will offer prayers to the lord’s son. After offering the Arghya to the god they will kneel down and at ghast and worship Chathi Maiya. They will pray for the prosperous and healthy life of their family members. They will dance and enjoy themselves throughout the day. Thus by these rituals, Chhath puja will be ended.

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Here are the lesser-known facts about Chhath puja

1)         Chhath puja is one of the few festivals which is mentioned in both Mahabharata and Ramayana.

2)         Unlike other Hindu festival Chhath puja is claimed and supported by scientists. They also clarify the concept of detoxification and revitalization of the body by this festival.

3)         The rituals during this festival allows and supports the absorption of vitamin D in the body.

4)         If you are performing the rituals in Chhath puja then you are not allowed to eat non-vegetarian food. Also while breaking your fast you should not eat salty food.

5)         Chhath puja is not the worship of any idol.

 

Why celebrate Chhath Puja?

Chhath puja is a very beneficial festival for Hindus. Celebrating this festival is eco-friendly and does not cause pollution. Furthermore, the main aim of celebrating this festival is to gain mental purity and heal the soul. This festival focuses on respecting natural resources and maintaining cleanliness. This festival teaches us to thank for all the things that the earth has given us. Here are some of the benefits of celebrating Chhath puja

As this festival focus on worshipping lord Surya, the main rituals are performed during sunrise and sunsets. The radiation of the sun will cure all the harmful bacteria from your body. Due to this radiation, the bloodstream improves the circulation of white blood cells in your body.

Chhath Festival has both physical and mental benefits. As a physical benefit, Chhath Puja will improve the immunity power of Devotees. The safe radiation that comes from the sunlight will help to cure bacterial and fungal infections of the skin. It also helps to increase the blood circulation system and boost the fighting power of blood. Additionally, the solar energy obtained from sunlight will make a balance secretion of hormones and fulfill the energy requirement to the body.

Thus Chhath Puja is important to boost our immune system and make our body fit and fine. Apart from this, Chhath puja also possesses the mental benefit to the people. A devotee can have mental peace and calmness as all the anger, negative energy is reduced. The devotee will go in deep prayer and hence awakes the healing, intuition, and telepathy.

 

 


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