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

This is a traditional worship of snakes or serpents observed by the Hindus throughout Nepal. The festival is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar. The abode of snakes is believe to be ‘Patal lok’ and the lowest of them is also called the Naga-lok, or the region of the Nagas, as part of the creation force and their blessings are sought for the welfare of the whole family.

Janai Purnima

Janai Purnima
Janai Purnima. Image © sangesh.com.np

Janai Purnima, also called Rakshya Bandhan is the festival which observes the bond of purity and security. This festival is celebrated by Hindus in Nepal and all over the world. It is a sacred thread festival. The Hindu men, especially the Brahmins and Chettris perform their annual change of “Janai”. Others who celebrate this festival put a scared thread around their wrist.

Kwati Punhee (Kwati Purnima)

Kwati
Kwati. Image © Wikipedia

In Nepal special menu for Gunh Punhi (Janai Purnima in Newari) is Kwati. This day is also called Kwati Punhi, where ‘Kwati’ is a soup of different beans and ‘Punhi’ means the full moon day. The ‘Kwati’ soup in enjoyed by all communities.

Want to observe these festival in Nepal? Why not go on a tour of the Kathmandu city to view the people of different places enjoying this festival. Also you can enjoy the ‘Kwati’ during this day.

Note: The image of Janai Purnima has been used with permission from the blog of photographer Sangesh Shrestha. The image is copyright to him.