Father’s Day in Nepal

On the no moon day of the lunar dark fortnight in Bhadra (Bhadra Krishna pachaya), August/Sept every year. The day is celebrated as Father’s Day or Kushe Aunsi or Gokarne Aunshi. 

In Hindu Mythology, Fathers are considered as God. They are an educator, protector, and head of the family and they have great respect in family members. This is the special day to pay regard, praise, and appreciate for father. 

Worship father the same as God in the temple, with a Plate full of flower, rice, abir(red color to sprinkle on God), and Diyo Batti (a small handmade earthen lamp with a cotton thread and some oil or ghee).

After tika (worship) Sagun (a symbol of good omen) is given to father’s is especially practiced in the Newari culture of Nepal. Sagun consists of a boiled egg that may be fried in oil or not with a pinch of salt sprinkled over and some dried fish fried in oil. Some pieces of garlic, few pieces of cooked meat and homemade alcohol. Sagun is the sign wish with good luck for the coming days. After worshipping dad and giving him Sagun, touch the feet of father regarding him as our God. Receive the blessings from him.

The persons who have lost their fathers, mark this holy day by visiting the Gokarneshwar Mahadev Temple in Kathmandu. It is believed that the souls of deceased fathers come to Gokarna to accept the offerings made by their sons and daughters on this day. Take a holy purification shower in the nearby river, worship Lord Shiva and make offerings sweets and rice to Brahmin priests in the name of their deceased fathers.

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Jan 11, 2020