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

Saraswati Puja – Celebrating Knowledge and Learning

A father teaching his child to write during the Saraswati Puja. Photo: Lucida

A father teaching his child to write during the Saraswati Puja. Photo: Lucida

Saraswati Puja often approaches in late January or early February, where one will find schools and colleges all over the country gaily decorated with festoons and stages on which will be a large, wonderfully made statue of Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and learning. Continue reading