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“Mha Puja” is celebrated in the Newa community, on the fourth night of Tihar or Dipawali, the festival of lights. It marks the beginning of the new year for the community and is significant as a “Self-body worshiping day”, where individuals partake in self-celebration, seeking blessings of joy, prosperity, longevity and good health. Families come together to prepare sweet delicacies at home and engage in the worship of mandalas, which symbolize their souls.
Kirtipur, an enchanting Newari town, boasts temples and traditional architecture which dates back to the medieval era. As you stroll through the alleys, almost every opening will lead you to an important cultural site. Explore its rich culture and learn to write the ancient Newari script- Ranjana Lipi while enjoying a delightful traditional meal, “Samay Baji,” and experience the authentic charm of this lesser-known destination just 5 kms away from Kathmandu.
“Mha Puja” is a time of togetherness and spiritual reflection, as the community welcomes the new year with hope for a bright and prosperous future. Participating in Mha Puja at Kirtipur allows you to live the unique experience with the host family and understand their culture.
On arrival, you will be warmly welcomed at Kirtipur Community Homestay with a traditional Sagun in the Newari culture. You will be having lunch shortly with the host family. After a brief rest, you will be going for an excursion around the town where you can know more about its history, walking through the alleys and visiting temples scattered around the community. After returning, help your hosts to decorate the mandalas and sitting area, and also cook various dishes that are needed for the Mha Puja at night. Later, you will get together with the host family and take part in the Mha Puja, the self-body worship, ending the celebration with the traditional feast (bhwey).
After having a warm breakfast prepared by the host in the morning, you will be departing shortly back to Kathmandu.