Text and Context in Dialogue
Monsoon festivals at a glance
(This list is accurate for Lalitpur only. Dates for 2004. Minor festivals omitted.)
- Gathan Mugah (15th July). "Bell Ears". Expulsion of demon effigies from city.
- Gunla Dharma (17th July). First day of the important Buddhist month. Beginning of intensive daily worship of Buddha.
- (Purushottam month--18th July to 16th August - no festivals. See Cleansing the city endnote 2.)
- Nag Pancami (21st August). Worship of holy serpents. Beginning of cold half of year.
- Yala Pancadan (23rd August). Buddhists give alms to Shakyas and Vajracaryas.
- Bahidyah Bwayegu (27th August). Displaying deities in monasteries.
- Gun Punhi (Np. Janai Purnima) (30th August). Tying of protective threads. Festival at Kumbheshvara.
- Sa Paru (31st August). Shivamargis take part in procession with cows for dead. (More important in Bhaktapur.)
- Bahah Puja (31st August). Worship at each of 18 major monasteries (bahah) and four mounds (stupas) in and around Lalitpur.
- Nyaku Jatra/Mataya (1st September). Buddhamargis and others process around Lalitpur for the dead. All who have lost a relative during past year participate.
- KrishnaJanmashtami (6th September). Worship at Krishna temple in Mangah (Durbar Square).
- Krishna Puja (7th September). Morning. Procession to all public images of Krishna in Lalitpur. In evening, Krishna Jatra: procession of Krishna images in palanquins around city.
- Bhimsen Puja (8th September). Morning. Procession of devotees around Bhimsen shrines of the city. In evening, Bhimsen Jatra: procession of Bhimsen around city.
- Baya Khwa Swayegu ("Seeing the Father's Face") (14th September). Visit to father.
- Gunla Paru (15th September). Feasts to mark the end of Gunla month.
- Cathah (18th September). Worship of Ganesh and moon.
- Kayashtami (22nd September). Beginning of observances for Mohani (Dasain).
- Pilgrimages to Power-Places begin today and continue throughout following lunar month.
- Indra Jatra (Yenyah) (24th September to 1st October). Worship of Indra (More
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