KATHMANDU: Many Nepali Hindu women are observing Rishi Panchami, the last day of Teej, worshipping the Saptarshis -- the seven saints. Rishi Panchami; Teej; festivals; worship; prayers; culture; religion; Hindus; Sapta Rishi; seven saints

Nepali Hindu women perform prayer rituals during Rishi Panchami festival on the banks of Bagmati River, in Kathmandu, on Friday, September 14, 2018. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
Rishi Panchami; Teej; festivals; worship; prayers; culture; religion; Hindus; Sapta Rishi; seven saints
Nepali Hindu women perform prayer rituals during Rishi Panchami festival on the banks of Bagmati River, in Kathmandu, on Friday, September 14, 2018. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
The ancient seven sages -- Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhwaja, Vishwamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta -- are remembered for their deeds today. Rishi Panchami; Teej; festivals; worship; prayers; culture; religion; Hindus; Sapta Rishi; seven saints
Nepali Hindu women perform prayer rituals during Rishi Panchami festival on the banks of Bagmati River, in Kathmandu, on Friday, September 14, 2018. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
Primarily, women from the Khas-Arya group observe this festival. Rishi Panchami; Teej; festivals; worship; prayers; culture; religion; Hindus; Sapta Rishi; seven saints
Nepali Hindu women perform prayer rituals during Rishi Panchami festival on the banks of Bagmati River, in Kathmandu, on Friday, September 14, 2018. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
Bal Diwas being observed Likewise, Bal Diwas (Children's Day) is also being observed nationwide today. Bal Diwas is celebrated on Bhadra 29 according to the Nepali Calendar. Marking this day nationally began after Nepal signed the child rights agreement with the United Nations. Earlier, during the Shah regime in Nepal, Bal Diwas used to be observed on Bhadra 4 coinciding with the birthday of the then Queen Mother Ratna Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah. The day is marked by carrying out various programmes by government, individuals and institutions throughout the country.