Father’s day

Nepal has many ethnic groups. Almost all of them have their own tradition and languages. Every community has its own way of celebrating.

Father’s day, in Nepal, is well known as “Bubako Mukh Herne Din”, “Kushe Aunshi”, “Pitri Tarpani Aunshi” or “Gokarna Aunshi”. This day Nepalese people pay homage to their father with their favorite food, sweetmeats, clothing, and other stuff favorites to one’s father. The day is the most auspicious day to honor one’s father. It falls on the no-moon day (Bhadra Krishna Aunshi) of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadra. “Mukh Herne” literally means ‘to see someone’s face”. Here the figurative implication is “to give respect or to recognize the significance of someone”

Nepalese tradition and culture hold a lot of respect for a father. He is considered the pillar of strength, high opinion, and support to a family. On this day we recognize and pay respect to our father for his care and love. Some communities celebrate early in the morning without taking any food whereas some communities celebrate it in the evening. Though the festival varies according to the place, region, and ethnicity, the common thing with the celebration is the respect paid to the father as per one’s capacity.

People who have already lost their father remember him by giving Sida Daan (Sida is a holy mixture of rice grains and other pure food materials with clothes) to Pandit (a person who conducts rituals). Some men in Kathmandu go to Gokarna (a place East of Kathmandu), where Gokarneshwor Mahadev’s temple is located, to do the Shraddha or Pinda Daan to their deceased father, hence the name Gokarna Aunshi comes from this way. Others do it at home or at the near river or any other holy places. It is a no-moon day in the month of Bhadra when Father’s day is celebrated. Kush is a type of holy grass. The Hindu Mythology says that there are four things in which Lord Bishnu dwells and those are the Saligram stone, Tulsi
plant, Peepal Tree, and the Kush.

Hindu people use Kush in various functions, auspicious or inauspicious. A ritual-performing person needs to wear a ring made
of this grass. There is a tradition to bring Kush home on this day.

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