Biratnagar, Apr. 14: A festival of religious and cultural significance in the country's Terai belt has officially kicked off from today.
The agro – based Siruwa festivity which starts on Nepali New Year's Day will run for at least two days this season. This festival is also famous by the name of 'Baisakhi Parva' – meaning the festival of the Nepali month of Baisakh.
The festival also marks a celebration of harvesting new crops coinciding with the arrival of the New Year. On the first day, the festivity is marked as Sattu-wine Parva. The revelers and worshippers present Sattu – a high source of protein made of grinded split pulses to the gods and goddesses placed in the houses. The members of the households then take Sattu mandatorily.
The festival took on the name of Sattu – wine because of the importance the product holds in the worship ritual.
On the second day, the festival morphs into the Siruwa Parva. On this day, the gods and goddesses are presented with rice cooked on the earlier day.
The festival is marked by the Maithili, Tharu, Rajbanshi, Jhagadh and Satar communities. The Maithili community also places a punctured vessel filled with water over the Tulasi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) – regarded as an earthly manifestation of the goddess Tulasi by the Hindus. It is done so as to keep the Tulasi plant hydrated throughout the dry month of Baisakh. RSS
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