According to Shakha Samavat or Bikram Sambat in Nepal Calendar, Guru Purnima is celebrated every full moon day Ashar Month Lunar Calendar. The festival is mainly celebrated by Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jains. Guru Purnima is known as Teacher’s Day in English.
On this Day, Students or the disciples worship their teachers or gurus for the education, skills improvement and enlightenment. This is the way of thanking their Gurus and is practised traditionally. According to Nepal culture, Teacher is treated as god and parents and worship this day as one important festival of Nepal.
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Meaning of the word "Guru"
“Guru” is a Sanskrit word which is composed of two paradoxical meaning. “Gu” means darkness and “Ru” means remove of darkness. Therefore, Gurus are called for those people who help an individual to remove all the darkness from their lives and give their life enlighten.
Guru Purnima 2020
In 2020, Guru Purnima lies on 05th July 2020. (According to Nepal Calendar 21th Ashar, 2077 BS.). The festival mainly falls during the full moon day of Ashar month (Between June-July month). This day all their students and disciples meet their teachers or gurus and offer gifts, sweets and worship for educating them.
Why Guru Purnima is Celebrated?
Let’s go back to History. Every festival celebrated in Nepal has historical importance and has great meaning for celebrations.
On this day, it is believed that Lord Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon to his disciples after five weeks of achieving enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Therefore, this day has great importance for Buddhism followers.
Related: Life Story of Gautam Buddha
According to Hinduism, This day is also known as Vyasa Purnima because it is believed that this day marks the birth anniversary of Guru Veda Vyasa, who is the great author of the Mahabharata.
Guru Purnima Celebrated in Nepal
Guru Purnima is popularly known as Teacher’s Day in Nepal and schools and institutions of Nepal conducts a humble program or celebration to thanks their teachers and gurus. In the modern age, people do perform this day traditionally. They offer tika and flower to their guru and wish for the special day. They love to take photos with their teachers and gurus for their memories. Different individuals their certain way of celebration. However, the motive this day is to make their guru happy and thanks for their efforts and educating them.
Guru Purnima in 2020 (Teacher's Day in Nepal 2077)
This is a year the whole world suffering from COVID19 (Coronavirus). It is a pandemic disease that makes people’s life frighten. Due to this disease, people are not allowed to gather in the crowd, and also have to stay home for safety. However, people start working and travelling out due to too much of the lockdown. Schools, Institutions and some offices are still not fully operated. Therefore, this year Guru Purnima was celebrated Normally. Students contact their teachers on various social media and calls and wish the day.
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