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Gunyu Choli: A Hindu Ritual of Teenage Acceptance

Published November 30th, 2012

Gunyu - Choli is a ritual of Hindu Culture in Nepal. It is taken as the symbol of acceptance by guardians, as daughters become teenagers.

The Priest suggests appropriate date and time for this rituals. The ritual is performed before the girl goes through first menstruation(periods) in her life. The girl gets a new set of Gunyu-Choli. Gunyu is like Saree and Choli is like blouse.Earlier in Nepali society guardians used to get their girl child married at teenage after the tradition of Gunyu Choli.But gradually people become more aware and they have left getting married their daughters at teenage but still the tradition is going on.In Hindu rituals boy child also go through such rituals which is called Brata bandha. Where the boy gets a sacred threat and secret mantra. After the brata bandha boy child is ready to go for work and any other responsibilities of life.

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Sorha Shraddha (Sixteen Cremation) has started ...

Published September 30th, 2012

According to Hindu Tradition Sorha Shraddha(Sixteen Cremation) a 16–lunar day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors (Pitris), especially through food offerings, begins today.

It has started from Fullmoon and will end at Darkmoon.From today next 16 days people who have lost their mom-dad will offer cremation after taking bath in a nearby pond or river following the Hindu tradition. During this half month long process people avoid non veg including spices like garlic and onion.

People who follow this ritual take one time meal and get their hair trimmed.

It is believed that death live on hair and ancestors fear of that. That's why people get their hair fully trimmed and have a bald head during Sorha Shradhha.

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Baban, an Inspiration

Published September 16th, 2012

After a month long Roja(Fasting), Baban was much happier on day of "Ied Ul Fitr".On that day, he was ready to go to mosque wearing new clothes while his wife was busy in making Sewai(Sweet) for offering of the Ied.

It is said that its very challenging for handicapped people, but it has no meaning to Baban's life.

Baban is happy with his business. He runs a Tyre Repairing Center at Birgunj Buspark which he has taken in lease from a businessman.Baban lost his legs at the age of 13.Now,he has grown up 33.At the this age, he is easily maintaining the meal for six members of his family. He has six members in his family along with two sons and two daughters. In 2049 BS,Baban lost his legs due to the blast of air tank, when he was busy in repairing the puncture of a Truck tyre. Baban recalls that moment saying,it was horrible accident,I lost one of my colleague too.Baban earns Rs. 700 to 1000 from his shop while he has to pay Rs.9000as lease rent. Baban originally belong to Harsingpur of I ...

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Eid-ul-Fitr Portraits

Published August 20th, 2012

Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is a single day (a Muslim is not permitted to fast that day), but it is usually celebrated for 3 days. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "breaking the fast". The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The first day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month Shawwal. This is a day where Muslims around the world try to show a common goal of unity.

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Rainfall in Birgunj

Published June 14th, 2012

the entire Birgunj city has become waterlogged due to heavy rainfall from Tuesday evening.

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Dream, Struggle and Conflicts

Published April 19th, 2012

Photo/Story: Manish Paudel

Flocks of people enter in the Valley carrying The Dream of Success. There may not be any similarities in financial, social and educational background among them. In this diversity every people struggle in their own circumstance Nawaraj Niraula,23, is a an ordinary but model guy. Sarlahi, Janakinagar VDC’s guy Nirauala, studying in Mastersters in Business Studies at Patan Campus, Lalitpur.

While studying his regular schedule, it feels like many youth sometimes compromise with time and sometimes struggle with it.

He didn’t get any job in the early days of his entry in Kathmandu Valley. He was suffering because of lack of money. So he started the job of Pujari to manage his hand to mouth problem. Niraula says, in those days I used to wake up early in the morning, finish bathing and wear the traditional clothes. Then I used to go to Saahu Mahajan for rituals. This ritual was his compulsion rather than hobby.

A secondary level graduate of Mahindra Sanskrit Un ...

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