Tihar Celebration

Tihar Celebration in Pokhara, Nepal

My five days Nepal Tour (Oct 21 – Oct 25) was completely perfect and enjoyable with the Tihar celebration in Pokhara. Yes, the five-day celebration of Tihar starts every year in Late Autumn and exactly it matched with my tour dates. Tihar is one of the most important and popular festival in Nepal and actually a festival for all Hindus and mostly similar with Dipawali in India.

Tihar (Dipawali) is the Festival of Lights and also the Festival of Colors to me as I’ve really liked colorful Rangolis during this time. Well, I had already some ideas about this festival during my days in Bengaluru, India. Every year we all friends in the hostel do celebrate Dipawali with Fireworks, Diyas (Lamps), Patakas (Fire Crackers) and Mithais (Sweets). In one word, it was a wonderful experience. 🙂 And so what I got back again in Pokhara with Tihar, where those Patakas was missing and later I came to know sound pollution is not allowed in Nepal. Okay, not bad.

Tihar Celebration [Festival of Lights]

On October 22, 2014 afternoon after coming in Pokhara I found the whole city in a festive mood and in the evening it was amazing to see colorful lighting and decorations with Rangoli and Marigold Garlands in all hotels, markets, and restaurants.

Hotel Grand Holiday during Tihar
Hotel Grand Holiday during Tihar
Decorating Rangoli for Tihar
Decorating Rangoli with Diyas
Tihar Celebration in Lake View Resort
Tihar Celebration in Lake View Resort

The next day evening I joined with others to celebrate the Tihar where I found beautiful young girls in the roadside singing and dancing and collectings tips and money from peoples nearby. Beautiful decorations with Rangoli, Diyas and candles were eye-catching. The children with new dresses were  too busy to collect gifts and sweets from elders. I’ve enjoyed this beautiful celebration and didn’t forget to capture those lovely moments with my Lumia720. 

Pokhara Roadside Tihar Celebration
Celebrating Tihar by dancing and singing (From the road side )
Dancing and Celebrating in Pokhara Celebrating Tihar by dancing and singing
Celebrating Tihar by dancing and singing
Tihar Celebration
Lighting up candles to celebrate Tihar
Tihar Celebration, Pokhara
Beautiful Girls Celebrating Tihar by dancing and singing

In conclusion, it is not only about celebrating Tihar with lots of fun. It’s about throwing away all inauspiciousness from surrounding you. Let’s all try to understand that and remove all darkness also through this Festival of Lights.

Happy Tihar!

Here all flicks captured by me (©nafisa_habib).

Do you celebrate Tihar or Dipawali? What do you like most about this Festival of Lights?

Nafisa Habib loves nature and often got fascinated by old beautiful architecture. Here she is with My Own Way To Travel to share her adventures on the road. To her nothing is so interesting than exploring new destinations around. And knowing a new culture and meeting new peoples on the road? Oh, yeah she just loves that too.

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