Festival of Light – Tihar (Nepali: तिहार)
भैलिनी खेल्नेहरु आउँछन् र भाका हाल्न थाल्छन्, ‘हरियो गोबरले लिपेको, लक्ष्मीपूजा पूजा पूजेको ।’
देउसी खेल्नेहरु आउँछन् र भट्याउन थाल्छन्, ‘आहै झिलीमिली झिलिमिली, आहै बत्तीको झिलिमिली ।’
What is indicated by this is to clean the house-yard, decorate, light lamps, and worship Lakshmi during the festival. There is a religious belief that on this night of Aunsi, if the house is made clean, if it is decorated with flowers, if it is made bright with lamps, then Lakshmi comes to live.
In fact, Tihar is a festival to worship Mother Lakshmi. Lakshmi is considered a symbol of wealth. The more clean, bright, and attractive the house can be on the day of the festival, the more wealth is earned.
Following this religious intoxication, everyone decorates their home. They paint. They wear flowers. They light the lamp. And, on the night of the festival, they burn down the house.
So home is our lifelong refuge, where we spend most of our time. Home is not only the physical structure, but it is also our feeling. Because the whole moment of our life is spent in the same house.
Tihar is an opportunity to express this emotional love for home. During the festivities, most people spend their time decorating the house. Not only sound education but his alertness and dedication too are most required.
How to make the house attractive during the Tihar?
The important place of the festival is the place of worship of Lakshmi. It can be decorated in a traditional style. A place of worship can be made by holding a banana tree, decorating it with a garland of cypress flowers, and placing candles.
It is customary to decorate the windows, doors, bartali, etc. of the house with garlands of flowers during the festival. Cypress flowers are best for this. Both velvet and sapphire are special flowers of the festival. The house can also be decorated with these two types of flower garlands.
Similarly, the jug can be filled and placed on both sides of the main door. It also makes the house look different.
Rangoli can be made in the yard first to decorate the house. Rangoli should be made in front of the main door of the house. Rangoli can be decorated in different shapes. Rangoli can be made with flour, rice, or flowers. The size of the rangoli can be determined by looking at the space available for it.
Lamps should be placed in front of the house, in front of windows or doors. In a wooden house, it is important to be careful when keeping a lamp. It can also lead to accidents. However, artificial light is also available now. Artificial lamps can be lit in wooden houses or in unsafe places.
However, in case the house is safe and there is no possibility of such danger, it is advisable to keep the day shift. Candles are also a good alternative. Candles of various designs are available in the market now.
To make the house more attractive, pylons can be installed in and around the main door.
Tihar (तिहार) also known as Deepawali is a Hindu festival. It is celebrated for 5 days. It is celebrated mainly in Nepal and the Indian states of Assam and Sikkim. It is also celebrated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is the festival of lights.
Festival of lights, Tihar comes after the biggest festival of Hinduism Dashain.
Also called: Deepawali, Yamapanchak, Dewali
Celebrations: Decorating homes with lights, making Rangoli
Date: New moon day of Kartika,
Happy Festival of Light, Tihar
May the Divine of Tihar remove the darkness of ignorance and sorrow and shower wisdom, good health, peace, and prosperity in your future… With Best Wishes… HAPPY TIHAR 2077/2020.
The Bihaani Post Team
May the Divine of Tihar (तिहार) remove the darkness of ignorance and sorrow and shower wisdom, good health, peace, and prosperity in your future… With Best Wishes… HAPPY TIHAR 2077/2020.
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