Maghe Sankranti: Ghyu, Chaaku Festival of Nepal
Maghe Sankranti marks as major festival in Nepal celebrated during the 1st of Magh every year according to Nepali calendar. The word “Sankranti” itself refers to first day of the month. This day carries a historical and cultural importance among the Hindu followers. Also commonly known as Maghi Parwa and Makar Sankranti, this Maghe Sankranti is believed to be the coldest day of the year and gradually the day becomes warmer hereafter.
During this day, devotees take a holy bath (some sprinkle the water) specially at river banks. There is special puja or offering to deities at the Agima Temple and Rato Machhindranath Temple in Patan.
This festival is also popular for foods and delicacies. Special meals like ‘til ko laddu’, ghee, chaaku, ‘sakkar’(sweet potatoes), ‘tarul’ with ‘chiura’ is served along with many other delicious items. These festive foods is a must try for any foreign tourist who are looking forward to know deep about Nepali culture and traditions.
In the very same day of Maghe Sankranti, at Taruka VDC of Nuwakot district nearby Kathmandu, the special program of bull fighting is organized.
Two bulls represent two villages and winner team gets special treatment. Its quite amazing and exciting to witness traditions similar yet different in its own way like of western communities in Nepal.