Answer to a Shrink’s Prayer—Gai Jatra

Kids dressed up as cow during Gai Jatra festival. Image: flickr/S Pakhrin

Psychologists and psychiatrics would surely approve of Gai Jatra as being an excellent way to get rid of the bile in society’s soul, even if it’s only for a day. This day, as it happens, falls on the 11th August 2014 this year. Continue reading

Mani Rimdu Festival

Mani Rimdu Festival

Dance performance during the Mani Rimdu festival, Chiwang Gompa, Nepal. Image: Rejselyst

Mani Rimdu is celebrated from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar (mid-October‒mid-November) to the nineteenth day of the month. This grand Buddhist festival takes place in Tengboche, Chiwong, and Thame monasteries of the high Himalayan region, and the god of compassion, Phakpa Chenrezig, is worshipped during the event. Continue reading

The Colors of Teej

As I entered through the wide open the doors, a virtual sea of red overwhelmed me. My first impression was that of entering into a world that closely resembled the fabled ‘eastern bazaar’ described in tales such as ‘Marcopolo’s Travels’, ‘Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves’ and ‘Thief of Baghdad’. Continue reading