Mani Rimdu Festival – one of the ancient festival of the Everest region

Mani Rimdu festival is one of the ancient festivals of the Sherpa people living in the Everest region. This festival is a total of 19 consecutive day festivities. It concludes with the last three days allocated as public viewing of the festival. The meaning attributed to “Mani Rimdu” is that ‘Mani’ means “part of the chant of Chenrezig” and ‘Rilbu’ or ‘Rimdu’ means small red pills that are blessed during the festival. The red pills are blessed repeatedly and then distributed to all those who attend.

Mani Rimdu festival in Everest region
Mani Rimdu festival celebrated in the Khumbu region

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Three festivals all in one auspicious day

The day July 27, 2017 is a unique and auspicious day in Hindu community. It is a unique day when three different festivals fall under one day. The festivals that fell on the single auspicious day are: Nag Panchami, Janai Purnima and Rishi Panchami. This day is also observed in Kathmandu valley and whole of Nepal as well. The day is marked as a public holiday.

The festivals on this auspicious day are:

  • Nag Panchami,
  • Janai Purnima and
  • Kwati Punhi (Kwati Purnima)

Nag Panchami

Women worshiping during auspicious day of Naag Panchami
Naag Panchami. Image © Wikipedia

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