Browsing All posts tagged under »Hinduism«

The big, bad, bamboo swing

November 1, 2010


Just a few weeks ago, all of Nepal celebrated Dasain, the biggest national holiday of the year. It’s a two-week-long event that involves family gatherings, animal sacrifices, offerings to the gods, blessings, and lots of food and drink. We lonely Westerners didn’t have family to visit, so we weren’t privy to all the festivities that […]

The day I saw a living goddess

October 5, 2010


How many people can say they’ve seen a living goddess? In Nepal, quite a few. Some Fulbright folks (and me, their resident tag-along) got the chance to see one a few weekends ago at Indra Jathra, a Nepali festival celebrating the end of the monsoon season. Some Hindus and Buddhists believe the Kumari is a […]

Oh yes it’s ladies’ night

September 10, 2010


Today was the second day of Teej, a Hindu festival for women. It’s a three-day affair that’s celebrated in different ways in different areas, but in Nepal, celebrations go a little like this: some feasting, some fasting, much dancing, some singing, one day of temple-visiting, some puja (religious ceremony) observing, a little lamp-lighting, and a […]