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Maghe Sankranti Ghyu, Chaaku Festival of Nepal

Maghe Sankranti Festival of Nepal

Maghe Sankranti is a Nepalese Hindu festival observed on the first day of Month Magh, according to the Bikram Sambat Nepali Calender, usaually falls in the mid of the January. Nepalese people celebrate it as the beginning of the holy month of magh.

Hindus take ritual dip in the nearby holy rivers, notably in Bagmati near Patan, Narayani and Devghat in Chitwan, Triveni Dham in Nawalparasi, Ridi in Kaligandaki and Sun Koshi in Dolalghat. The mother of each household wishes good health and properity to all family members with the tika and festive foods like sesame ladoos, ghee and sweet potatoes, molasses and yam.

Makar Sankranti is believed to be ended with the start of winter as sun travels from southernmost position to northern. Magh symbolizes the opening of new festivals and ceremonies and marks halfway to the end of winter in Nepal.

Maghi - The biggest festival of Tharu Community of Nepal

Tharu Cultural Dance during Maghi Festival
Tharu Cultural Dance during Maghi Festival

Maghi Festival is the biggest festival of Tharu Community and celebrate joining together and having big feast. The community celebrate the festival as New Year with the great joy and happiness attending together in Mela, dressing up in the traditional Tharu Cultural dress, eating, and drinking.

Taruka, Nuwakot Bull Fighting Festival

Bull Fighting in Taruka Nuwakot
Bull Fighting in Taruka Nuwakot

Taruka village of Nuwakot hosts bullfighting festival every year on the day of Maghe Sankranti ie mid of January. Every year thousands of people from all over the Nepal observe a Bull fighting festival at Taruka Village. In the recent year, Taruka has been popular for adventure enthusiasts for the witnessing Nepalese style bullfighting where at least 14 pairs of bull butt heads.

When is Maghe Sankranti in 2076/2020

Makar Sankranti 2076/2020 is on Sunday, Magh 1st 2076/January 15 2020
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