KATHMANDU: The seventh day of Bada Dashain festival, Phulpati, is being observed across the nation with zest and zeal on Saturday. On the occasion, banana stalks, jamara, belpatra (leaves of wood apple) and sugarcane sticks tied with red cloth along with Kalash filled with holy water is brought to Hanumandhoka from Gorkha district on a decorated palanquin. The Gurujyuko Platoon, the Nepal Army, Nepal police, and high- ranking officials of Armed Police and civil service, the Asha Gurja team, band music, and panchebaja bands and decorated kalsyoulis, and a procession along with cultural pageantry leave Hanuman Dhoka for Jamal with the Phulpati. The Gurujyuko Platoon, the Nepal army, Nepal police, and high-ranking officials of Armed Police and civil service, band music, and panchebaja bands also joined the Phulpati parade. Hindu families also collected Phulpati —an assortment of flowers, leaves and fruits of different plants considered auspicious—and took them inside their home. Though Dashain begins with Ghatasthapana, the festival gets special flavour from the day of Phulpati. All government as well as private offices are closed from the seventh day of Navaratri, encouraging people to go back to their respective ancestral homes and take blessings from Durga Bhawani as well as their elders.
Phulpati being observed across the nation
Published: 07:00 am Oct 08, 2016