Father’s Day in Nepal

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Father’s day is also known as Pitritapani Aausi, Gokarna Aausi or Khushe Aausi in Nepal, and is celebrated on the month of Bhadra according to Nepali Calendar. And according to the English calendar, the fair lies in the mid-September. As the name, it explains the festival lies in the no- moon day of the month of Bhadra. This Day is also Popularly known as Buba Ko Mukh Herne Din (Nepali: बुवाको  मुख हेर्ने दिन ). This Year Buba Ko Mukh Herne Din (बुवाको  मुख हेर्ने दिन ) or Father’s Lies on August 19, 2020 (Nepal Calendar: 03rd Bhadra, 2020)

According to Hindu and Buddhist religion in Nepal, a father is considered as a part of god and is give the same level of respect to father as we give to god. Similarly, to Mother and teacher (GURU). Therefore, kids respect their elder and maintain mutual bounding. In the Nepali language, it is Said “Buba ko Mukh Herne Din’’ which means to see the face of dad, which try to show the relation maintaining with father and their kid on this special day.

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How Father’s Day in Nepal is Celebrated?

Nepal is a multi-ethnic, and multi-religion nation, therefore, the tradition of celebration of father’s day is different from another with their own identity. For example, Newar celebrates father’s day differently than Brahmins and Chhetri. However, every people celebrate their father’s day offering delicious foods and sweets and get a blessing for his dad for his/her great future.

Those people who have lost his father, they celebrate father’s day going to holy places either holy river or temple and offer sida Daan to priest (Pandit) early morning after a bath in the name of his/ her deceased father. Some People also does Shardha of his the father either at home or near Holy River based on the culture they have been following.

People of Kathmandu valley go to Gokarna temple and offer sida Daan to his deceased father situated in Kathmandu city which is dedicated to Lord Mahadev. Therefore, it is called Gokarna Aausi.

Mythological Story of Gokarneshwor Mahadev

There is a myth that once Lord Shiva and Parbati were disappeared from Himalaya Parbat. That made every good surprised and terrified. And every god started searching them all over the universe. Later, God Brahma and other gods found Lord Shiva and Parbati in Deer’s life hiding in Shleshmantak forest in Pashupatinath Temple. Shiva was caught by Brahma in his horns and it came out.

Then Lord Shiva advised Brahma and Bishnu to establish Shiva Linga from the horn anywhere it can get fit and how Gokarna was placed by Lord Brahma establishing those horns in Kathmandu Nepal and was worshipped Shiva in Gokarneshwor doing sida Daan (Homage to Dead). There is a Myth that going to Gokarneshwor and offering sida Daan is equivalent to visit Gaya for 10th times. (Gaya is another Hindu Holy place).

Kush and Kushe Aaushi

The myth of Hinduism says, Lord Bishnu loves dwells four different things and they are Saligram Stone, Tulsi Plant (Ocimum Tenuiflorum), Pipal Tree (Ficus Religiosa), and Kush Grass (Cannabis). Kush Grass is a medical holy grass which is also used during performing various rituals. No- moon day of Bhadra (September), people celebrate Kush Aausi lies same day in Father’s day in Nepal. People keep Kush place in their home to absorb bad and harmful rays. Therefore, people also use kush to wear in the ring hand finger as a ring to protect themself from bad vibration in their body and purify their body.

This day is known as a perfect day to have Kush plant at home dedicated to Lord Bishnu.

Amazing Gifts for Father’s Day Special

References:
Kushe Aaushi (2020). Kushe Aaushi. from welcome Nepal. Retrieved From: https://www.welcomenepal.com/whats-on/kushe-aunsi.html

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