Essay on Local Festival: Gaura | Compulsory English SEE | 9 | 8 by Suraj Bhatt

Essay on Local Festival: Gaura | Compulsory English SEE | 9 | 8 by Suraj Bhatt
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Essay on Local Festival: Gaura | Compulsory English SEE | 9 | 8 by Suraj Bhatt

Local Festival: Gaura

Nepal is a small but beautiful country. This country is a land of festivals and quite rich in culture and tradition. In Nepal, many local festivals are celebrated by a particular caste or community at a particular place. The festivals are divided into two categories: local festivals and national festivals. Local festivals differ from national festivals. National festivals are celebrated by all the people all over the country, like Dashain, Tihar, etc. But the local festivals are not the festivals of all the people. Among the local festivals, Gaura is one of the most popular. Gaura is one of the most popular religious festivals celebrated in the month of Bhadra by the people of the far western region of Nepal. Gaura is mainly related to the marriage of Lord Shiva and Parbati (Gaura). During this festival, local people from their community culturally perform the wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parbati according to Hindu culture. During this festival, women fast, clean their houses, and take baths to purify themselves. They wash the total mixture of grains in pure water and make biruda. After the sixth day, women wash the Biruda again in fresh and pure water. They gather around Tulsi Matha and do the Balu Pooja. On the seventh day, people, along with musical instruments, go to their field and take some paddy plants. The plants are wrapped in a silk cloth, which is regarded as gaura. With a musical procession, people bring the particular Gaura into the Mukhiya's house, where the Pooja takes place. Everybody performs Pooja. Thus, the marriage between Shiva and Gaura almost finishes on this day. The eighth day is the most important day of this festival. On this day, people worship Dubo, and they wear the sacred thread, which is called "Dubo Dhago." In the evening, biruda is fried in ghee and is distributed as praised to the people who are present there. They sing different cultural and religious songs in honour of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parbati. At night, women, particularly the elderly, worship the male members of the family in the hope of their good health and prosperity.


The next morning, singing the song of Gaura, people take Gaura to the river, and an emersion ceremony takes place. In this particular festival, the women who get a chance to perform the Gaura Pooja are considered religious and successful women. It is believed that their family will always remain successful, happy, healthy, and prosperous.



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