Nepal | May 26, 2020

Yam Panchak begins today

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:
Roadside vendors selling flower garlands for the Tihar festival in Ason Bazaar, Kathmandu, on Sunday.

Roadside vendors selling flower garlands for the Tihar festival in Ason Bazaar, Kathmandu, on Sunday.

Kathmandu, November 8

The five-day Yama Panchak will start tomorrow with people lighting butter lamps and worshipping Yama, the god of death.

It heralds the beginning of Tihar, also called the festival of lights, and is observed by performing various rituals as per the Vedic tradition. The festival lasts for five days. The first day is called Kag Tihar when crows are worshiped as the messengers of death. The second day is Kukur Tihar when dogs are worshiped as protectors of the house.

The third day is famous as Gai Tihar and Laxmi Puja. On this day, cows are worshipped early in the morning. The cow is regarded as the mother and Laxmi, the goddess of wealth by Hindus. Houses are decorated with colourful lights during Tihar. There is a tradition of people going door-to-door performing traditional bhailo songs. The fourth day of the festival is Govardhan Puja when oxen are worshiped.

Similarly, the Newar community celebrate Mha Puja (worship of oneself) on November 12. The day is also the beginning of Nepal Sambat calendar.

The fifth or the last day of Yama Panchak is Bhai Tika. On this day, sisters put tika on their brothers’ forehead and wish them long life and prosperity. This day is believed to strengthen the bond between brothers and sisters. According to Panchanga Nirnayak Samitee, the auspicious time for offering and receiving Bhai Tika is 11:55 am on November 13 (Friday). “Bhai Tika can be offered and received throughout the day from 11:55 onward,” it informed.


A version of this article appears in print on November 09, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Nepal-India cyber war might get uglier

Kathmandu, May 25 On May 24, a hacker took down the website of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and placed an Indian flag along with a message on its home page. The hacker’s message read, “Just because we are silent and we don’t react doesn’t mean didn’t notice.” This is Read More...

Japan PM Abe: to lift state of emergency for all of Japan today

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that the state of emergency will be lifted for all of Japan, and that the country managed to get the spread of the virus under control in under two months. Social distancing curbs were loosened for most of the country on May Read More...

PM Oli to address the nation at 5:30pm today

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will address the nation on the current political situation and government's further plans to tackle coronavirus crisis in Nepal, at 5.30 pm today. According to PM Oli’s Press Advisor Surya Thapa, Nepal Television will broadcast the address live at 5:30 pm Read More...

Ministry confirms six new cases, one fatality, taking COVID-19 tally to 682

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population has confirmed six new cases, in addition to the 72 identified earlier today, and one fatality, taking Nepal's Covid-19 tally to 682. The infections have been confirmed through tests carried out at Seti Provincial Hospital in Dhangadhi, Bheri Hospit Read More...

Health Ministry confirms Nepal's fourth Covid-19 fatality

KATHMANDU: The Health Ministry today confirmed a Covid-19 fatality, in Parsa, taking Nepal's death  from the respiratory contagion to four. The RT-PCR test result of an elderly, who had passed away on May 17 in Birgunj based National Medical College, has come out positive for COVID-19. READ A Read More...

Drunken man murders spouse in Udaypur

GAIGHAT: A man has murdered his wife after consumption of alcohol in Rautamai Rural Municipality-8 of Udaypur district, on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Dil Maya Tamang, 43, of the Rural Municipality. According to Superintendent of Police (SP) Bir Bahadur Budha Magar at the Distr Read More...

Highlights from today’s media briefing on COVID-19 response

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates from across the country on government’s response to COVID-19 crisis. As of today, 51,642 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method and 95,192 Rapid Diagnostic Tests Read More...

VIDEO: COVID-19 count reaches 682 with six new infections, one fatality

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population has shared its latest updates on COVID-19 response from across the country, as of today. The total number of coronavirus infection in the country has reached 682 with six new cases, in addition to the 72 identified earlier today, and one fatality. Read More...